Event Draws 30,000 people, 48 cook teams to Apex
The Apex Sunrise Rotary Club is proud to announce that the 2016 Bone Suckin’ Sauce Peak City Pig Fest, held July 17-18 in Historic Downtown Apex, was its most successful ever. The KCBS-Sanctioned BBQ competition drew a crowd of 30,000 and 48 BBQ cook teams from across the United States. As a result, the Apex Sunrise Rotary Club raised more than $60,000 for area charities, as well as Rotary-sponsored causes. District Governor Rusine Sinclair attended the event. This year’s Grand Champion team was McAdoo Heights BBQ from Greensboro, NC.
Because of the success of this year’s event, the Apex Sunrise Rotary Foundation has been able to donate $15,000 to Western Wake Crisis Ministry of Apex. The foundation also supports other area charities including NC Victims Assistance Network ($3,500), the Miracle League of the Triangle ($3,500), US Veterans Corps ($5,000), Apex High School Interact Club and the West Virginia Flood Victims Rotary disaster relief effort.
“In its short six year history, the Apex Sunrise Rotary Club has been able to make a tremendous impact in our community thanks to events such as the Peak City Pig Fest,” said club president Tom Haynie. “Thanks to the leadership of last year’s president Lisa Higginbotham, our club is set to have another successful year. We are so proud that our club can support so many area charities as a result.”
The Peak City Pig Fest was proclaimed a State Championship by Governor Pat McCrory. That means the Grand Champion qualifies for the American Royal Invitational in Kansas City and has a chance to compete in the Jack Daniels International representing the entire state. This year it is also a qualifying event for the World Food Championships.
About the Peak City Pig Fest
The Peak City Pig Fest is the Triangle’s only KCBS-sanctioned barbecue competition. The KCBS is the nation’s largest sanctioning body with more than 400 contests each year. It has been ranked as one of the top 10 barbecue competitions in the country. Held annually in Historic Downtown Apex, the Peak City Pig Fest features 48 cook teams from around the country competing in four food categories: chicken, pork ribs, beef brisket and pork barbecue. The teams compete for their share of prize money totaling more than $13,000. For more information, visit www.peakcitypigfest.com.