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Barbecue lovers head to Kershaw for Hog Jam

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By Chris Sardelli

KERSHAW – The smell of barbecue will fill the air this weekend as the third annual Hog Jam Festival comes to downtown Kershaw.

The festival will also feature a barbecue cookoff, at least 25 craft and food vendors, various musical acts and plenty of activities for children. Joyce Adams, Hog Jam committee chairwoman, is hoping for a large crowd this year. The festival has averaged around 3,000 visitors.

"I am hoping for a really good turnout. It generates a lot of activity and a lot of friendliness among the people who come to Kershaw," Adams said. "The vendors also love coming here because the people are so nice."

The most anticipated event is the barbecue cookoff, which this year will feature at least 14 cooker teams vying for first-place standing. The teams arrive today and will cook all night long.

Linda Adams, an organizer for the event, said the food is so popular, it sells out within two hours.

"All the cookers use their own special rubs and seasonings and have different takes on barbecue," she said.

The S.C. Barbecue Association judges the cookers at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, and then visitors can sample the many varieties of barbecue, which feature mustard- and vinegar-based sauces.

The cost to sample the barbecue is $10 for those 12 and older and $5 for those younger than 12.

Musical guests slated to perform today include Papa String Band at 6 p.m. and Brown Brothers at 8 p.m.

The music on Saturday will include performances from the Charlotte-area group Kenny Floyd and Crooked Creek, a Kershaw group.

There will be line dancing, shag dancing, health screenings and activities for children during the festival. For $5, children can play on any of six inflatables.

There will also be storytelling, pumpkin painting and mule wagon rides.

The festival will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

For details call (803) 246-0369 or (803) 475-6065.

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at csardelli@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 416-8416