Barbecue team registration is open and tickets are now on sale for the second annual Pigs for the Kids, which takes place at Craig Ranch Regional Park on Saturday, Sept. 17, from noon to 9 p.m.
This year’s event will be bigger and more mouth-watering than ever. Featuring a spirited barbecue competition, live bands, ice-cold beer, wine, and more—the family-friendly event tastes good and DOES good by supporting childhood cancer charities. This year’s Pigs for the Kids Barbecue Cook-Off and Festival will benefit Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation and the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation.
Like no other barbecue competition in Las Vegas, Pigs for the Kids will offer everyone—from backyard grill masters to professional chefs and restaurateurs—a chance to show their barbecue brilliance in a variety of categories. Teams will compete to take home the second-annual Pigs for the Kids Barbecue Cook-Off Grand Champion Trophy; trophies will be offered in five categories: ribs, pork shoulder, sauce, beans and “Hog Wild”—where anything goes, as long as it includes pork. Pigs for the Kids expects 50 barbecue teams to compete, which will be judged by a panel of both certified as well as celebrity judges. All styles of barbecue are sure to be represented and attendees can purchase a V.I.Pig Pass with access to open bar and the V.I.Pig tent.
Inspired by founder Todd Radwanski’s daughter, Adilyn, who was diagnosed with a rare eye cancer at 8 months old, Pigs for the Kids was envisioned as a fun-filled community event to support organizations such as those that helped the Radwanski family during Adilyn’s illness. Now a vivacious, athletic 12-year-old girl, Adilyn served as ambassador for the Candlelighters’ 5K, is academically driven and continues to serve as inspiration for everyone around her. It was Adilyn who suggested “Pigs for the Kids” as the name for this event and is delighted to be part of something helping other kids affected by cancer.
The registration fee for team competition is $175 for a 10-foot-by-10-foot booth; $350 for a 20-foot-by-20-foot booth; and $600 for a 40-foot-by-40-foot booth.
General admission tickets are $10 and include one Piggy Buck, which is redeemable for food and drink as well as kids’ activities at the festival; children 12 and younger are free. V.I.Pig Passes are $150 and include access to the V.I.Pig Tent, exclusive parking, open bar, special chef dishes and 10 Piggy Bucks ($20 value). Additional Piggy Bucks are available for purchase for $2 each. Sponsorships are also available at a variety of levels. For more information and to register a team, go to www.PigsForTheKids.org.