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Welcome to Pigs & Swigs 2018!
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 four feature 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 are highlighting a brand new event featuring well-known local DockDogs. Details about each event are listed below. Bring the whole family to downtown Lincoln, IL and enjoy the 2018 Pigs & Swigs Festival!

BBQ Events in Downtown Lincoln
Up in Smoke on the Square Competition
Craft Beer and Wine Events
Live Music
DockDog Competition (new event!)
The Craft Fair in Scully Park

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

For more things to do in Lincoln, check out: Things To Do
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 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 2018 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, June 1-2, 2018

Pigs & Swigs Vendors & Menus

Culler’s: Fries

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


 Up in Smoke on the Square Competition

Friday & Saturday, June 1-2, 2018

Up to 50 Championship teams competing in the 7th Annual Up in Smoke on the Square, this event will be held on Friday and Saturday, June 1-2, 2018. 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 2018

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

Steak Cook Off
Offering another activity that allows a bigger variety of teams to participate, The Lincoln BBQ Committee has added a Steak Cook Off to the line-up on Friday June 1st, 2018. 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 2nd. In a fun competition making ground beef patties, this year's competition provides 2 age groups: 7-11 year-olds and 12-15 year-olds. Click HERE for details.

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 2nd 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.

Craft Beer and Wine Events
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VIP Event
At just $30 per person, VIP participants get everything included in the 1 Day Package (listed above) and more! You'll gain access into the Craft Beer & Tasting Event an hour before official start time. With an early entrance, you'll give your palate the chance to sample four food selections paired with four craft beer selections. VIP tasting begins at 5:00pm on Friday, June 1, 2018, so be sure to get there early!

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


Breweries and Wineries
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Bags Tournament
Comprised of coed and A/B teams, this year's bags tournament will have a super laid back vibe. Registration begins at 11:00am at $20 per team. Bags will fly at around noon on Saturday, June 2, 2018. This is a 21 and older event. ID check only for beer event (no cover). Draft Van selection only: 1 beer ticket is $3.00 for 12 oz. pour. 
For more information, please check out the event listing on our official Facebook page. Remember to click the LIKE button!

Official Draft Van Provider:
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Pigs & Swigs Festival: Craft Beer Schedule of Events 

Live Music
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Lesleigh Bennett - Friday, June 1, 2018 at 5:00pm
Local songtress and professional recording artist, Lesleigh Bennett, will be the first artist taking the downtown stage. An accopmlished singer, she typically features Christian and Gospel music in her shows, but performs an array of other genres, as well. Come join us for an evening of smooth vocals that will lift your spirits and prep you for the great weekend ahead!

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Powerplay Band - Friday, June 1, 2018 at 8:00pm
For the best in Jazz, Blues, R&B, Motown, Disco, and much more, come experience this St. Louis-based band as they take you on a musical ride down memory lane. Powerplay is a 5-8 piece dance band with 20+ years specializing in classy, high energy entertainment. Combining many different styles of music, they generate a fun and exciting atmosphere everywhere they perform. Be ready to shake your tail feathers as this band packs the dance floor!

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Toocan - Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 4:00pm 
Central Illinois band Toocan is an energy-filled, fun and festival friendly foursome with a tropical flare. Appealing to a wide variety of ages and musical palettes, they play a diverse range of tunes. There's something for everyone, from the beachy melodies of Kenny Chesney to the energy-driven song of Fitz and the Tantrums. Come relax to the tune of Toocan's mellow vibes!
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Tennessee Borderline - Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 8:00pm

Tennessee Borderline entertains crowds with a variety of modern and classic country, southern and classic rock with a splash of some 80’s and today’s pop hits. This band’s enthusiasm is infectious as it spreads into the audience. They have as much fun on-stage as their crowds do off-stage. Come join us on Saturday night for a rockin' good time!

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 first ever DockDog Competition held at the Pigs & Swigs Festival, click here: DockDogs Registration 2018

Fri. Jun 1, 2018

  • Onsite Registration/Practice – 01:00 pm
  • Practice in between waves both days as time allows
  • Big Air Wave # 1 – 02:00 pm
  • Big Air Wave # 2 – 03:30 pm
  • Big Air Wave # 3 – 05:00 pm
  • Extreme Vertical (All in One Finals) – 07:00 pm

Sat. Jun 2, 2018

  • 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 final) – 05:30 pm
  • Big Air Finals – 07:00 pm (Pro, Semi Pro, Contender & Amateur Finals)

The Craft Fair in Scully Park
Saturday - June 2, 2018, 9:00AM to 5:00PM

Need some help bargaining with vendors? Read this: How to Get the Most Bang for your Buck at a Craft Fair or Flea Market

Just a short walk from the BBQ events, the 2018 craft fair has something for everyone...even the kids!
40+ vendors (handmade crafts, woodworking, direct sale, and flea market vendors)
Sponsored by the The Oasis Senior Center
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2810 Woodlawn Road ~ Lincoln, IL 62656 ~ 217.732.6132

All About Fun Inflatables
Wrist bands available for the day or by the 1/2 hour.
Sponsored by All About Fun Inflatables
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Ritchart’s Petting Zoo
Free admission into the petting zoo. Come meet Larry the Kangaroo!
Sponsored by Brady Realtors

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618 N. Chicago Street ~ Lincoln, IL 62656 ~ 217.732.7355

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