Hog on the Hill has first-class entertainment, first-class food

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By Brian Garner

This year’s Hog on the Hill, set for May 5-6 will feature music live from Nashville and BBQ and other great food straight from the grill.

Friday, May 5, will prove to be a special night as the cook teams will take part in the first of two food competitions, the Anything But competition, where the teams are allowed to cook “anything but” pork BBQ for judging, said Elaine Gaither with the Chester Downtown Development Association, the organization that sponsors Hog on the Hill each year.

The food will be wonderful, but it’s the entertainment Friday night that will really shine, said Gaither.

The big headline entertainment will be Jesse and Noah Bellamy, well-known country/rock recording artists straight from Nashville, Tenn., Music City U.S.A. Fresh off of the road from touring with The Bellamy Brothers, Jesse and Noah will be bringing their cutting-edge country/rock style music to our area for the first time. The singers are sons of David Bellamy, one half of the famous Bellamy Brothers of “Let Your Love Flow” fame. The festival and live music kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday with opening act, Grapefruit Moon, followed by Jesse and Noah from 8-10 p.m. All entertainment and the competitions will take place on the Back Lot.

“Jesse and Noah are as excited about playing in Chester as we are about hearing them,” said Gaither.

Live music continues on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with the sounds of Palmetto Road, another local group. Following their set, Hog on the Hill will host the first “Holler on the Hill,” a singing competition in the style of the television singing competition “The Voice.”

Prizes will be awarded for the first, second and third place singers.

Food hasn’t been neglected because Saturday will feature the cooking competition people wait all year for, the BBQ cook-off. This is a South Carolina BBQ Association sanctioned event and the judges will be trained and experienced SCBBQA judges.

Tickets will be available to purchase samples of the BBQ competition dishes on Saturday, so the crowd will have a chance to see which dish is their favorite and match their choice against the judges.

This year, the cook teams will also be preparing BBQ beans for the judges.

If BBQ really isn’t your style (and really, if that’s the case, then you don’t know what you are missing), in addition to BBQ, the local Boy Scout troop will be selling hot dogs and baked beans. The local Girl Scout troop will sell Italian ices and their Girl Scout cookies.

Many of the details about Hog on the Hill can be seen by checking the new CDDA website, www.raisingchester.com or the CDDA Facebook page.