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Each year during the Jiggy with the Piggy Festival, the teams participating in the Kansas City Barbeque Society competition also compete in a dessert contest. Desserts were judged in two categories: appearance and taste. Over hundred community leaders and sponsors of the festival voted during the blind tasting/appearance competition Friday night. Taking top honors in the Appearance Category was Bad Rooster BBQ of Lavonia, Georgia and finishing first in the Taste Category was Smokin Studs of M...

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The City of Kannapolis is hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21 at City Hall, 401 Laureate Way. Doners will receive a $20 eGift Card, a OneBlood t-shirt, and a free wellness checkup. (Including blood pressure, pulse, temperature, iron count, and cholesterol screening). Appointments are encouraged for donors. If you would like to donate, please visit: https://donor.oneblood.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/1482781

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Kansas City Barbeque judges spent Saturday and Sunday very carefully evaluating over 70 teams from 18 states who competed in the 10th Annual Jiggy with the Piggy Festival in Kannapolis. This year, the City hosted a two-day Masters Series Competition and a Backyard Series Competition. Winners were selected in categories of chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket on both days, in both the Masters and Backyard Series. Judges from several different states chose the winners based on taste, appearance,...

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A sunny, slightly breezy day greeted the crowd gathered Friday morning at the intersection of Corban Avenue and Church Street. But hearts were particularly heavy this year, as the event capped a week that began with tragedy in neighboring Mecklenburg County. On Monday, an armed suspect opened fire on law enforcement officers who were conducting an investigation in east Charlotte. A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer and three officers from the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force were kille...

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KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – At the 10th Anniversary of the Jiggy with the Piggy Festival yesterday, over 400 of you came out in the rain to taste and judge some of the best pork in the United States. Prepared by the top Kansas City Barbeque Society Teams, the competition was serious business as people carefully tasted the many unique flavors and spices used to cook the pork. Thank you to everyone who braved the bad weather. Proceeds from ticket sales will be distributed to Kannapolis area non-profi...

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Jiggy with the Piggy 3 p.m., Saturday, May 4 Update - We have closed the Jiggy with the Piggy festival. Severe weather is anticipated and we want everyone to be safe. Fire and Police are still selling yummy bbq at the corner of Laureate and NE Research Campus Drive if you would like to grab a plate or a pork butt. Thank you to everyone who came out in the rain today to participate in the People’s Choice Pork Tasting Contest as well as all the other activities. Winners will be announc...

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This summer, help us celebrate the reopening of the Gem Theatre with $2 Summer Matinees. Enjoy the newly renovated Gem Theatre and an affordable, family-friendly movie every Tuesday at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. between May 28 and August 8. Gem Theatre Summer Matinee Schedule May 28 – Sing July 9 – Shrek May 30 – Toy Story 4 July 11 – How to Train Your Dragon June 4 – Minions:...

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WEATHER UPDATE - 11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 4 - People's Choice Tickets are now on sale. The Village Park Train and Carouel will be closed due to the weather.  WEATHER UPDATE - 5 p.m., Friday, May 3 - Rain or shine, it's Jiggy time! Grab your raincoat and come out this Friday and Saturday to enjoy all the Jiggy festivities! The City of Kannapolis is celebrating 10 years of the Jiggy with the Piggy Festival with a variety of fun events this weekend. An exciting showca...

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With over 250 walkers/runners, the Jiggy with the Piggy 5K was a huge success Thursday evening. We loved seeing all the participants in the Jiggiest Costume Contest. We hope everyone had a great time and will continue to participate in the rest of the Run Kannapolis Series this year. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Jiggiest Costume Contest. The winner of the contest was Lisa Pacuk. The overall male 5K winner was Benjamin Rheinecker and the overall female 5K winner was Nicole ...

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The City of Kannapolis will celebrate 10 years of Jiggy with the Piggy with a special free concert by Country Music Superstar Craig Morgan. Named one of the East Coast’s Top Events, Jiggy returns May 3-5, 2024, to Downtown Kannapolis. Visit kannapolisnc.gov/jiggywiththepiggy for the exciting Jiggy 2024 schedule. A multi-faceted entertainer, Craig Morgan has made a name for himself as a country music icon, TV personality, author, celebrated outdoorsman and patriotic Army veteran. One ...

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