Q. What is a Pig Cookin?
A. A Pig Cookin' in
Newport is a competition of 80+ cooks all trying to cook the best pig and use their secret
sauce hoping to be judged the best. There is food, entertainment, crafts, rides and fun for
the whole family.
Q. Are they cooked on a grill?
A. Pigs are cooked on
a large grill, usually with propane gas. The first years the cooks used black jack oak,
burned it down to coals and put that under the pig. The problem with using wood, you had
to stay up all night to replenish the coals.
Q. What's a "Whole Hog"?
A. A "Whole
Hog" is what it indicates, a whole pig, split down the middle (without head and feet)
and placed on to the cooker. Newport has always cooked "whole hogs" whereas some
contests use pork shoulders.
Q. How do you enter the Pig Cookin' Contest?
A. To enter the
contest as a cook, you need to fill out a cooks entry form and submit it to Charlie Meeks.
To enter as a cooks sponsor, you need to fill out a sponsor entry form, submit it also to
Charlie Meeks along with a $150.00 fee to cover the cost of the pig.
Q. I read that money raised is donated to various
charities, what types of charities do you help?
A. The charities that
are helped by our contest are all non-profit organizations.
Q. How would I go about seeking assistance for my
A. To apply as an
organization, you need to submit an application form by Nov.1st of this year for
consideration for next year's contest. You can call 223-PIGS for a form or pick them up at
the Newport Town Hall. They are usually there sometime is September.
Q. How much money have you raised with your event?
A. In the
that we have had the Newport Pig Cookin', we have given back to the community
Q. Is there Prize Money for entrants?
A. First Place winner
receives $1,000.00 and there are other prizes as well. For a full
list see Entry Form
Q. I like what you're trying to do, how do I
volunteer to help?
A. To volunteer your
help, come to a Pig Cookin' meeting and sign up. The meetings are held every third Wed. of
the month at 6:30pm at the Pig Cookin' building behind the Newport Town Hall. The only
months that we do not meet are Aug. and Dec.
Q. I understand you have a Pig
Cookin' King & Queen contest also.
A. Boys & Girls from age 1 on can get an entry form and
run for Newport Pig Cookin' King & Queen. This is a fund raiser for the contest with each
raising funds from bake sales, jars in stores etc. The ones who raise the most wins a
crown and title and is announced on stage Friday night so they can reign Saturday.
Q. How do I become
a corporate sponsor?
A. By donating
money or products to our contest. The categories are as