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2017 Pig Fest

It is hard to believe that Pig Fest will be celebrating twenty years of family fun this November.  Some families have attended every year since the beginning and many grew up looking forward to the second weekend in November.

The early planning stage for Pig Fest 20 is here and we’d like to know what you hope to see included this year.  We brought back Pig Fest, as we know it, last year and we added a Thursday night Gospel singing and fish fry.  We also put a Piggy Park in for the children on Saturday that included a variety of free and educational fun.  We didn’t have the parade that was included in earlier years and the drought prevented us from having our usual fireworks celebration.  However, there were all the usual cooking teams, the carnival, food, vendors, and entertainment on the stage Friday night and all day Saturday.

Some of the thoughts that have been tossed around for our twentieth celebration include Richland High School and Richland Industrial High School reunions.   Bring back the parade so that these beloved schools might be able to showcase their classes.  Classes would be urged to plan their own private celebrations as well as attending the Pig Fest.  Think of the fun getting together with your high school friends!  Walking tours of old haunts could be offered as memories are shared.  The expanded Railroad Museum will be open and accepting any old pictures or memorabilia that you might like to have immortalized.  Your family and others would always have these reminders of our wonderful town to come home to and share with future generations.  They would be a great start for a museum of Richland history.

The Stewart Webster Journal (Patriot Citizen) would love to print your thoughts on the Richland you grew up in.  Just text your favorite Richland memories to swj@bellsouth.net and they can be published in the paper from now up until Pig Fest week.  Also join us on Facebook at The Real PIG FEST of Richland Georgia to share your memories and add your special requests or ideas for this year’s celebration. Send your ideas right away to make sure we have time to incorporate as many of them as possible.  Then, log on to richlandpigfest.com to keep up with the progress being made on our twentieth Richland Pig Fest.

Other than entertainment, connecting with family and friends, and just plain fun, there is much more to this event than most realize when we are having a great time together.  Pig Fest generates greatly needed revenue that goes right back into the town we love and want to preserve.  In recent years, proceeds from Pig Fest have provided streetscapes including our beautiful pocket park, lighting, and seasonal decorative flags.  Store fronts have been painted and awnings installed on many buildings.  The current project is the new government annex.  Paving and landscaping will soon make it beautiful.

As always, the success of anything depends upon the people who care enough to get involved.  Volunteers, cook teams, judges, entertainers, and vendors have always made our festival a success and in addition to all of these things you might choose to do, we encourage you to become a sponsor at any level.  Donations made to Pig Fest are tax deductible and go to a good cause, the preservation and beautification of downtown Richland.  Get on the team and make the twentieth your own Pig Fest for your hometown!

Pig Fest Celebrates 20 Years in Richland in 2017

Download the Pig Fest partnership form by clicking the button below.  Print the form and give it to your friends and neighbors so that they have an opportunity to support Pig Fest.

​Keep coming back to our site for more information and details about this year's exciting event! Click button below for the schedule of events.

We do not post vendor forms. Interested in Vending? Click Vendor button for info.

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This year Pig Fest has the unique pleasure to celebrate Veterans Day like never before. Come out and honor our local Vets and enjoy some great BBQ and music.

Don't miss a moment of the fun this year!


Pig Fest kicks off Nov. 9 with a fish fry and gospel sing. Churches or groups interested in performing at Gospel sing Thursday night can download the form by clicking the button below. Starts at 7 p.m.

Support Pig Fest

Pig Fest XX is the perfect time to plan your family reunion. Celebrate 20 years of fun in downtown Richland with great music, good food, fresh BBQ and everything else that has made Pig Fest an annual homecoming celebration.


The Pig Fest Backyard Challenge will again select the BEST of the best regional cooks to take home cash and trophies Nov. 10 & 11.. Get your local bragging rights here.  Click the buttons below to download the 2017 application and rules for the competition.

Backyard Pig Fest Challenge Application.

Become a judge for the BBQ competitiion. Click on 'GET INVOLVED' at top of this page and send us your contact info.

Richland Main Street Board Meetings

are held each third Tuesday of the month at
6 p.m. in the Richland Inn on Broad Street. Visitors are welcome and community participation is encouraged..

Nov. 10 & 11, 2017

Main Street and DDA help shape Broad Street!

The westernmost block of Victorian storefronts on Broad Street is complete. This year redevelopment will continue with other facade projects. Historical signage in Richland Heritage Park now tells the story of the development on Broad Street since 1837. Richland Downtown Development Authority and Main Street work under the auspices of the City of Richland for historic preservation downtown.