Hops & Hogs returning in Aiken with pig calling contest, barbecue and brews

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Jun. 3—Barbecue and craft beer enthusiasts will be in hog heaven this weekend in downtown Aiken.

The sixth annual Hops & Hogs festival will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday on Newberry Street.

The festival will feature 20-plus craft beers, barbecue vendors and a family-friendly environment. Pets are welcome, too.

Admission to the festival is free; however, alcohol and food will be available for purchase.

Festival-goers will be able to purchase tokens to use with beer and wine vendors. Tokens are $5 each, and one token equals one beer or one wine.

The Aiken Downtown Development Association advises residents to purchase tokens in advance to avoid long lines during the festival. Purchases can be made with cash or card. The ADDA recently moved to its new location in the Holley Building at 113 Laurens St. S.W., Unit 107.

Residents will be asked to provide ID to purchase tokens for alcohol.

Participating food vendors will include: Dukes Bar-B-Que, Blue Collard, Riverside Smoke Bar-B-Que, Divine Swine Barbecue Co., The Pot Smokers BBQ and Shane's Rib Shack.

Hops & Hogs also will feature a kids zone and live music. The official music schedule includes Lost Dog performing from 4 to 5 p.m., Briggs Alley from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Redfoxwood from 8 to 9 p.m.

Nelly's Paint Brush will be on-hand to provide face painting and airbrush tattoos for all ages.

Steel Hands Brewing Co. will have several craft beers available during the event and is also sponsoring the Hops & Hogs Pig Call Contest. Contest participants can enter for a chance to win a free growler of Steel Hands Brew.

To sign up for the pig calling contest, visit downtownaiken.com/events.

There will also be a chance to win a Loaded Golf Cart through a partnership with the ADDA and Kicks 99. Sign up during the festival for a chance to win a Kick Star Cart, Luke Combs Edition, between 5 and 8 p.m.

The Savannah River Site Museum in downtown Aiken will have an exhibit on display highlighting how barbecue played a role in early SRS history. The SRS Museum is located at 224 Laurens St. S.W. and will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

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