Turning Of The Pig (2022) Moves To New Location
GREENBRIER TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Greenbrier’s annual Turning of the Pig is just around the corner! The event has been moved from City hall to Louise Martin Ball fields. Set your calendars for July 3rd from 5-8 pm followed by BBQ sales on July 4th from 7 am until their sold out. Following that will be the annual parade at 10 AM!
Greenbrier’s annual Turning of the Pig is the fundraiser that primarily supports Greenbrier High School Band and the Boosters, according to Band Booster President Rebecca Bailey.
The event offers a host of vendors, delicious food, great entertainment, and fun games for the kids.
“Come out and support the Greenbrier High School band program, and of course, buy some BBQ! There will be BBQ Nachos and Sandwiches at the event, plus selling BBQ by the lb at the event and the morning of July 4th (6 am until it’s gone, behind City Hall). Invite your friends and neighbors!” Bailey said.
PARADE DETAILS: Greenbrier 4th of July Parade – Time: 10 am
The parade will start at Greenbrier Elementary School and end at Greenbrier High School. If you would like to participate in the parade, please visit Greenbrier City Hall to complete an application. Participants should plan to arrive at Greenbrier Elementary School by 9 am.
The event is FREE to attend… but the funds from the Turning of the Pig pork sale are the biggest fundraiser of the year and help to meet all the needs of the Greenbrier High School Marching/Concert Band program.
Vendors: So, if you would like to participate as a vendor or sponsor in this annual fun-filled family event this fourth of July, you are encouraged to email [email protected] to receive an application.
Pets: Officials tell Smokey Barn News, “Outside the fence in the park is ok for dogs but they cannot be inside the fence or inside the ball fields and all dogs must be on a leash.”
A Look-Back at the Turning Of The Pig Over The Years
For over 100 years, Greenbrier has celebrated the Fourth of July with the Turning Of The Pig at City Hall. For loyal fans, last year was somewhat bittersweet following the announcement that the 2022 Turning Of The Pig would be moved to Martin Louise Park.
So what is the Turning Of the Pig any way?
The event has a long history in Greenbrier. It’s hard to find anyone that hasn’t heard of Greenbrier’s Turning Of The Pig. It’s the place to see and be seen, especially during an election year. Greenbrier’s Historical Society President Sheila Watts invited Smokey Barn News to come by for a look back at the history of the 4th Of July and the Turning Of the Pig in Greenbrier. “Greenbrier’s first 4th of July celebration occurred July 4th, 1910, and was located at a shady oak spot on the old highway (Old Greenbrier Pike).
“The event moved to what was then the school grounds which later became the City Hall grounds in 1916 and was sponsored by the Greenbrier’s Parent/Teacher Association.
“All the proceeds benefited the one school we had at the time. As we developed three schools, it got a little bigger. The event was celebrated on the 4th for decades until the band boosters took over in the mid-1980s, around 1988 (we think) and it was moved to the evening of July 3rd and renamed “Turning of The Pig” because they sell BBQ pork for the holiday.
“This will be the last year (2021) it will be held at city hall, we’re told. The event will be moving to Martin Louise Park in 2022 and we’ll start a new page of Greenbrier history over there. The event starts Saturday, July 3, 2021 beginning at 5:00 pm, ” said Greenbrier Historical Society President Sheila Watts.
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