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Welcome to Pigs & Swigs 2019!
Up in Smoke on the Square draws pitmasters from across the U.S. to compete and showcase their legendary BBQ. Held in historical downtown Lincoln, Pigs & Swigs Festival was created to make sure the public got a piece of this longstanding finger lickin’ tradition. With local live bands, a list of craft beer events, the traditional craft fair in Scully Park, this year’s festival has something for every member of your family. Plus, we're gearing up to host the entertaining canine athletes—DockDogs. Details about each event are listed below (updates added periodically). Bring the whole family to downtown Lincoln, IL and enjoy the 2019 Pigs & Swigs Festival!

BBQ Events in Downtown Lincoln 
Up in Smoke on the Square Competition 
Craft Beer and Wine Events 

Live Music 
DockDog Competition 
Crafts, Vendors, and Family Fun Day in the Park

(We did forget about things to do for your kids! Check out: Pigs & Swigs: For the Kids

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For more things to do in Lincoln, check out: Things To Do
In the meantime, here is what's happening this year...

 BBQ Events in Downtown Lincoln
Even though the competing pitmasters will be hard at work on their BBQ and other meats, you won't go hungry. There will be a little something for everyone when it comes to food choices at the 2019 Pigs & Swigs Festival. There's no doubt that with all the events, you're sure to work up a hefty appetite. Although we invite you to come to the Pigs & Swigs Festival VERY hungry, you won't be leaving that way! Check out the vendors and their menus below. 
Friday & Saturday, May 31 - June 1, 2019

2019 Pigs & Swigs Vendors & Menus

Click on the link for the Food & Vendor Application.

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Wood Fire Pizza: Pulled pork pizza, Italian beef, meatball sandwich

Lincolnland Catering: Walleye fish sandwiches, walleye fish nuggets, lemonade shake-ups, iced tea, sweet tea

Pauly’S BBQ: Pulled pork, Piggy Mac: smoked mac and cheese with pulled pork on top, Hough Trough: bed of potatoes, peppers, onions, pulled pork, cheese, sour cream, ribs, sausage, pulled pork nachos, pulled pork sandwiches, hand breaded mushrooms and pickles, funnel cake fries

Nuthatch Hill BBQ Co.: Fresh pork rinds, ribeye steak sandwich, pulled pork sandwich, smoked chicken wings, hot dogs, strawberry lemonade

Country Fryer: Turkey legs, fried turkey sandwiches, BBQ pork chop sandwiches, ribs, cole slaw, baked beans, turkey corn dogs, lemonade shake-ups

Gramma Nana's Kitchen: Cookies (chocolate chip, peanut butter, Gramma's original, snickerdoodle, oatmeal raisin), edible cookie dough, ice cream sundae


 Up in Smoke on the Square Competition

Friday & Saturday, May 31 - June 1, 2019

Up to 50 Championship teams competing in the 8th Annual Up in Smoke on the Square, this event will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 31 - June 1, 2019. With categories such as Beef Brisket, Pork Shoulder, Chicken, and Ribs, you'll want to make plans to join us this year to claim your portion of the second-highest Illinois purse in competitive BBQ!
Up in Smoke on the Square: Schedule of Events 2019

Think you've got what it takes to compete? Read this first...
Behind the Scenes: How Grueling are BBQ Competitions, Really?

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→ Steak Cook Off
Offering another activity that allows a bigger variety of teams to participate, The Lincoln BBQ Committee has added a SCA sanctioned Steak Cookoff to the line-up on Friday, May 31, 2019. This event will allow any individual, not just those participating in the KCBS cookoff, to participate. Are you up for this challenging and fun cook off? Click HERE for details.

→ Kids 'Que
Enjoy your day helping your young chef get started in competitive cooking with our Up in Smoke on the Square Kids' Que competition on Saturday, June 1. In a fun competition making ground beef patties, this year's competition provides two age groups: 7-11 year-olds and 12-15 year-olds. Click HERE for details.

→ Backyard
If you've ever wanted to experience the delicious madness that is a BBQ competition, now is your chance! At only $50 per team to enter, the Backyard BBQ competition on Saturday, June 1 offers the opportunity for amateurs to showcase their BBQ talents. With more than $500 in cash prizes up for grabs, don't miss your chance! Click HERE for more details

Homebrew Competition
For Homebrew Competition Rules, click here: 2019 Homebrew Competition Rules
The categories for competition include:

• Stout/Porter 
• Brown/Amber
• Wheat
• Pilsner
• Miscellaneous 

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Bags Tournament

Sign-up begins @ 9:30AM and ends at 11AM sharp.
• Bring your own partner
• $20 per team entry
• Best 2 of 3 in Winners Bracket - 1 Game Losers Bracket
• Coin Flip Winner picks side and first toss
• 1st to 21 wins
• Payout based on participation/entries (P&S to pay as well) - Trophy for 1st; Medals for 2nd & 3rd
• Option to use your own bags. Extra Bags will also be available  
• 1 free drink ticket with entry 

**Additional - Air Mail Challenge throughout the day. High score at the end of the tournament wins cash pot based upon participation.

Check out the event on Facebook: Pigs & Swigs Festival Doubles Tournament

Live Music

Friday May 31st

• Lesleigh Bennett – 5pm to 7pm 

• Jack Dupp and the Empty Bottles - 8pm to 11pm
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Saturday June 1st

• The Wasted Tables: VOL II – 5pm to 7pm

• Tennessee Borderline – 8pm to 11pm
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The fastest growing sport on four legs, dock jumping is a dog sport that welcomes any breed, mix, or size of dog. In dock jumping, dogs compete by jumping for either distance, height, or speed from a dock. Usually to retrieve a toy their handler tossed, these athletic pooches make a big splash by jumping right into a body of water. Most fans can't get enough of them, so Here's the Scoop on the DockDogs.
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To register your dog for the 2019 DockDogs Competition held at the Pigs & Swigs Festival, click here: DockDogs Registration 2019

Fri. May 31, 2019
  • Onsite Registration/Practice – 12:00 pm
  • Practice in between waves both days as time allows
  • Big Air Wave # 1 – 01:00 pm
  • Big Air Wave # 2 – 03:00 pm
  • Big Air Wave # 3 – 05:00 pm
  • Extreme Vertical (All in One Finals) – 07:00 pm
Sat. Jun 1, 2019

  • Onsite Registration/Practice – 10:00 am
  • Big Air Wave # 4 – 11:00 am
  • Big Air Wave # 5 – 01:00 pm
  • Big Air Wave # 6 – 03:00 pm
  • Speed Retrieve (All in One) – 05:00 pm
  • Big Air Finals – 07:00 pm (Pro, Semi Pro, Contender & Amateur Finals)

Pre-Registration Entry Fees

$27.00/ team per Big Air,$27.00/ team per Speed Retrieve wave,$27.00/ team per Extreme Vertical – For Adult $12.00/ team per Big Air,$27.00/team per Speed Retrieve wave,$27.00/ team per Extreme Vertical – For Youth

On-Site Registration Entry Fees

$30.00/ team per Big Air,$30.00/ team per Speed Retrieve wave,$30.00/ team per Extreme Vertical – For Adult $15.00/ team per Big Air,$30.00/ team per Speed Retrieve wave,$30.00/ team per Extreme Vertical – For Youth

Crafts, Vendors, and Family Fun Day in the Park
Saturday - June 1, 2019, 10:00AM to 4:00PM

Just a short walk from the BBQ events, the 2019 craft fair has something for everyone. Even the kids will find something to take home with 40+ vendors—handmade crafts, woodworking, direct sale, etc. Need some help bargaining with vendors? Read this: How to Get the Most Bang for your Buck at a Craft Fair or Flea Market

Sponsored by the The Oasis Senior Center
2810 Woodlawn Road ~ Lincoln, IL 62656 ~ 217.732.6132

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All About Fun Inflatables
Wrist bands available for the day or by the 1/2 hour.

Sponsored by All About Fun Inflatables
129 S. Sangamon Street ~ Lincoln, IL 62656 ~ 309.963.6333

Richart's Petting Zoo
Free admission into the zoo. Come meet Larry the Kangaroo!

Sponsored by Brady Realtors
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Dock Dogs Sponsors

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Questions about the upcoming 2019 competition? Contact Us