By Lena Mitchell
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
CORINTH – Corinth’s 23rd Annual Hog Wild BBQ Festival set for Thursday through Saturday this year will pay tribute to a long-time supporter who died at the close of 2012.
The late Joe Franks was a Corinth businessman and Main Street Corinth volunteer who for many years organized entertainment for the annual Hog Wild and Slugburger festivals.
“He was well-loved and everyone appreciated him and misses him so much,” said Taylor Coombs, Main Street Corinth director. “We’re bringing back the backyard division of the cooking contest and calling it ‘Jo-Jo’s Backyard Cookers’.”
This division is open to amateurs who want to try their hand at preparing chicken thighs and/or ribs, with a chance to win a $100 cash prize and trophy for top honors in each category and a $200 cash prize for overall contest winner.
A donation from First Team Real Estate has allowed Main Street to waive the entry fee for Backyard Cookers, Coombs said. Rules and the entry form can be found on the Main Street Corinth website at www.mainstreetcorinth.com, and entries will be accepted right up until Saturday morning.
Hog Wild is a sanctioned event of the Kansas City BBQ Society, so teams entered for the main event are not eligible for the Backyard Cookers, she said.
Contest judging will be throughout the afternoon Saturday, with contest winners announced at 4 p.m.
Carnival and entertainment begin nightly at 6 p.m., with carnival rides set up off South Fillmore Street near South Tate Street. Armbands for unlimited rides nightly are $20.
Three nights of entertainment will culminate with a Saturday night performance by country singer Chris Janson. Opening acts Saturday include Ben Mathis and Sweet Tea Jubilee.
On Thursday night Jeff Jensen and Bonfire Orchestra take the state, while Friday night will feature Holy Ghost Electric Show, Creativity and Prowler. Entertainment ticket prices are $6 Thursday and Friday and $8 Saturday.