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Paint 'n' Pork Fest back with new entertainment | JCFLORIDAN

March 25, 2012

Fireworks fill the air at Citizens Lodge as the 2011 Marianna Arts Fest and BBQ Cook-Off comes to a close.- Mark Skinner/Floridan

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The Marianna Arts Festival and BBQ Cook-Off is gearing up with new entertainment, fresh art and, of course, a lot of barbeque.

Dubbed ?Paint ?n? Pork Fest,? the event will be held noon-10 p.m. on April 20, and 9 a.m. until the fireworks display around 7 p.m. on April 21, at Citizens Lodge Park in Marianna. Admission is $3 a person.

The festival centers around BBQ and art contests, but a number of other events and activities will keep locals entertained all day long.

?It?s just good clean family fun,? said Jonathan Fuqua, the event?s chairman. ?We have a lot of local art and talent in the community.?

The Hunky Hog Womanless Beauty Pageant is a new contest this year. Local men will don women?s clothing and strut their stuff for the crowd on April 21 at 5 p.m. Rumors of participation from local law enforcement, firefighters, doctors and more in this event are circling. Each participant will be given a ?pig? name and the audience can help him win by donating to his bucket.

?One of the wives said he?s having a devil of a time finding heels in a size 14,?said the pageant?s coordinator Jeanine Meese.

Anyone interested in participating can email Meese at

Another new addition to the festival is a chicken wing eating contest at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Children will have a number of games and activities to participate in. Evangel Worship Center and Rivertown Community Church will provide carnival style games, said coordinator Tiffany Garling. Local artist Angie Baxter will also have several pig-themed painting activities. The 144th Transportation Company plans to bring some of their vehicles for children to look at. Locals can also enjoy some kite flying on the windy fields of Citizens Lodge.

Rides and activities for older children will be onsite. A mechanical bull, mobile zipline, rockwall, bounce house, and an inflatable obstacle course called ?Spider Mountain & Bungee? will provide hours of entertainment.

For musical entertainment, the headliner on April 20 will be country band the Emerald County Line at 7 p.m. Cottondale Elementary?s choir, Graceville High School?s middle and high school bands, the Marianna High School band and Marianna High School jazz band will perform the afternoon of April 20, along with local band Late Night Radio.

The headliner on April 21 will be the Robert Wayne and the No Name Band at 7:30 p.m. Also on April 21, the Millsap Dance Company, Riverside Beaver Choir, Heritage Harmony, Jayme Michael Bryan and Heyword will all perform.

Participants for some of the activities need to submit applications, a few by a deadline. This includes the BBQ and Art contests, vendors for arts and crafts or food, and 5K walk/runners.

Professional and backyard barbequers alike will have a chance to compete in the Florida BBQ Association sanctioned BBQ contest. The competition will start April 20 and the judging will take place April 21.

The 2 Fit 2 Squeal 5K Run/Walk will be held on April 21 at 8 a.m. at Citizens Lodge Park.

Artists using a variety of mediums, from drawing to quilting, can bring two pieces of their work to the art contest. Children as young as preschoolers to adults can participate. There are a variety of prizes. All participants under fifth grade will receive ribbons.

?It?s basically to encourage people, not necessarily the professional artists, more the beginning artists and students, to give them a place to show off what they can do,? said Lisa Pelt, the contest?s coordinator, of the goal of the contest.


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