LIMA — If you’ve got a hankering for barbecue, then you’ll want to head out to the Allen County Fairgrounds for PigMania.
“This is actually our third year here. We took off last year to kind of regroup and bring a better experience to Lima so we’re back and completely redesigned this year,” said Dan Hurst, promoter for PigMania.
“We added more than doubled the amount of barbecue vendors. The first year we only had two of them. Now we’ve got five barbecue vendors, some of them are even local companies. We’ve added a lot more booths. I think our first year we had about eight booths total. We have 22 different stations here today for people to do stuff,” said Hurst.
Among the vendors selling barbecue, there are Bare Bones BBQ, The Bobby Cue Grill, Boots BBQ (Chief Supermarket) all from Lima along with Rick’s Shack Outback from Leipsic and Sworden’s BBQ from McClure.
“They can find tons of barbecue. We’ve got lemonade, ice cream. Saturday we’ve got a big cruise-in going on. They’ll be cars inside the arena here for people to come look at along with all of the other stuff going on,” said Hurst.
Unfortunately, Mother Nature affected the start of the event Friday night.
“It’s very dependent on the weather. One nice thing about this. We were going to do it outside, but since it looks like inclement weather coming, we’ve moved our stages inside and our beer booth is right next to indoors, so people can come out they can still listen to good music. I have nine bands lined up for the whole weekend [Friday and Saturday only]. On Saturday, from noon until 11 p.m. we’ve got music all day for them, again they can go inside we’ve got the room for hundreds of people indoors,” he said.
Admission is $5. After 8 p.m. the cost is $10.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.