From the beginning, Bill Patterson had a vision. That vision has become the most widely attended annual rural festival in the area. From beer to barbecue, Pig Fest has always had something for everybody. It started with Bill.
Pig Fest Celebrates 20 Years in Richland in 2017
Join your former classmates for Dinner and catch up fast!
ALUMNI DINNER, FRIDAY NOV. 10 AT 5 P.M. • $15
LOCATION: American Legion Hall
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.
EXCITING REUNION NEWS!
Richland Distilling Co. has graciously offered the use of Richland Heritage House for the Saturday Richland Reunion Celebration.
See Alumni Section below.
Great Bands Play Pig Fest!
copyright Joe Cartoons
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 has a hero. Twenty years ago, a caring citizen gathered friends and went to the Richland City Council and Mayor Faulk. He told them of his dream to have a festival in Richland. It took two meetings, but he was successful in securing their approval. Hence, the first Richland Pig Fest was born. That was 1997. “Memphis in May BBQ Teams” came into town and the first Pig Fest BBQ competition was held. That first year, cooking teams came from all over the southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, to name a few. Cooking was the focus then and continues to draw cook teams from all around.
That first event was very small with a few vendors, entertainers, and cook teams. The next year, the carnival was brought in and things began to grow. For twenty years now, Pig Fest continues to become bigger and better.
It is a family tradition with many young people growing up anticipating and attending Pig Fest. That was particularly noticed when the Pig Fest was renamed the “Richland Renaissance Festival” a couple of years back. Those young people and their families were so greatly disappointed and let the organizers know. A meeting was called, the people spoke and were heard. Now Pig Fest is back and still growing.
Just last year, an additional night was added to the celebration to include a community fish fry and gospel singing to help round out Pig Fest for audiences of all ages and interests. One more element was added last year, “Piggie Park." Piggie Park was designed to offer free or very-low-cost literacy and fun activities for children who might not be able to afford all the carnival offers. It, too, was a success and will continue this year.
So, how do we make it even better this twentieth year to build on our hero’s dream? According to the feedback we are receiving, it looks like we may have nailed it! During this twentieth Pig Fest, every person who ever attended Richland High School is invited to town to a very special alumni celebration. The promise of reconnecting with childhood friends and our special town is a perfect Pig Fest addition.
Our hero, Mr. Bill Patterson, is a native of Renfroe and a friend of Richland. Hopefully Mr. Bill will be able to come by for a visit this twentieth year of Pig Fest and help us celebrate the fruition of his wonderful dream that has meant so very much to this entire community. Many remember him affectionately as “Poochie”. By any name, we thank you Mr. Bill!
$5 & $7 CATFISH PLATES! 5:30 – 6:30
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.
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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 ancillaries Friday night, Nov. 10. Click on 'GET INVOLVED' at top of this page and send us your contact info.
THE CITY OF RICHLAND WILL SOON HAVE A GREAT NEW TOURISM ASSET. THERE WILL BE A WELCOME CENTER ON BROAD STREET DIRECTING VISITORS TO EXCITING SITES IN RICHLAND, STEWART COUNTY AND SOUTHWEST GEORGIA.
We cannot be more excited about the performers coming to PIG FEST 2017! Friday night headliner will be RILEY ANDERSON and Saturday night headliner will be RICKY GUNN. Both of these artists will be in Richland with their full band on the Budweiser stage, free to the public November Nov. 10 & 11!
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WELCOME CENTER COMING!
RICHLAND HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI!
Thursday Night Fish Fry Nov. 9!
Pig Fest History
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!