Pigs and Pedals Event Combines Good Food, Biking & More

Pigs and Pedals Event combines competitive BBQ, bicycling, running and more in downtown Asheboro


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Images courtesy of the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce

There is more to Asheboro than the NC Zoo. Imagine a weekend filled with the sweet and savory scents and tastes of barbeque. Add to that the excitement of competitive bicycle racing and stunt performances. Throw in plenty of live music, a few rounds of cornhole and a free kids' zone that will have your little ones sleeping well by sundown, and you have the makings for two days of great summer fun right here in the Triad.

Pigs and Pedals Barbecue ContestFor the third year in a row, Asheboro will host the North Carolina Barbecue Championship during the two-day Pigs and Pedals event. Competitive barbecue teams will descend upon downtown Asheboro for this Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned event. Enjoy the smells and sounds as teams compete for a $12,000 purse.

The barbecue contestants will roll in on Friday. Spectators can enjoy live music during the opening day of Pigs and Pedals beginning at 7 p.m. A giant cornhole board will be set up in Bicentennial Park on Friday evening as well. The beer garden will be open Friday evening from 7-10 p.m.

Pigs and Pedals Bike RacesAlso on the Pigs and Pedals agenda is the Crossroads Classic Criterium Bicycle Race, which starts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. It will be held on a closed-course of downtown streets (N. Fayetteville St, Worth St, S. Cox St, and E. Academy St). Set up your chairs on the sidewalk and watch as racers from across the region compete in these prestigious road racing events. Adult trike and kid races are also planned throughout the day.

The nationally acclaimed King BMX Stunt Show will be featured throughout the day on Saturday on Sunset Avenue, which will also be closed to traffic during the Pigs and Pedals weekend. 

Pigs and Pedals Kids ZoneSaturday will also feature the free Kids' Zone play area to keep the little ones entertained. The Kids' Zone will be open from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

In addition to all of the usual Pigs and Pedals activities, the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce announced several new features to this year's festivities. 

Pigs and Pedals Bicentennial ParkPigs and Pedals Hog Jog is a 30-minute challenge foot race. It is planned for 8 a.m. on the Criterium closed-course of downtown streets. Immediately following will be a one-lap Jr. Hog Jog for children aged 10 and under. You can register for the 2016 Pigs and Pedals Hog Jog online.

Also new in 2016 is the Children's Bicycle Rodeo on Sunset Avenue. Sponsored by Crumley Roberts, kids can practice bicycle safety and be fitted for a free helmet during this event, which opens at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.

And if for some reason your family becomes bored and craves even more excitement than Pigs and Pedals can offer this weekend, Asheboro always has the zoo. For a full Pigs and Pedals schedule, including details on the barbecue contest, bicycle races, BMX show and live music, visit pigsandpedals.com.

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