Enthusiastic participants enjoy chamber’s day of fun

Published on: June 13, 2019

The 2019 Pigs in the Parking Lot BBQ, Beer & Blues Festival is over, and organizers were happy with both the turnout and its new venue at the Summerfield Crossings Golf Club.
This year’s event followed the South Shore Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Pigs on the Green Golf Tournament, which drew 71 foursomes. The festival’s crowd was estimated at 1,000.
“Despite the weather forecast, we had a beautiful day and evening for our event,” said Melanie Davis, the chamber’s executive director. “The community showed up and had a wonderful time. The new location was just perfect for our event. It was a long, full day of golfing, music and fun.”

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Some of the estimated crowd of 1,000 await the sounds of more blues music following a performance by the Damon Fowler Band at the recent Pigs in the Parking Lot BBQ, Beer and Blues Festival.

Sarasota’s Ari & the Alibis entertain the crowd at the Pigs in the Parking Lot BBQ, Beer & Blues Festival June 8 at the Summerfield Crossings Golf Club.

Visitors wait for their drinks to pair with their Buttman’s BBQ meals at the Pigs in the Parking Lot BBQ, Beer and Blues Festival June 8.

J & J’s B-B-Q also drew hungry visitors to Pigs in the Parking Lot BBQ, Beer and Blues Festival sponsored by the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce.

Visitors pass by the food area of Pigs in the Parking Lot to visit some of a variety of vendors at the event.

One of the more unusual visitors at Pigs in the Parking Lot was Baybee, a 32-year-old blue-fronted Amazon parrot owned by Jess Balcom of Riverview. Depending on the music, the bird bobbed up and down to the beat.

Ashton Smith, 7, of Summerfield sits perfectly still as The Purple Pirate paints a skull and cross bones on his face. SEE MORE PHOTOS ON PAGE 2.
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Ronald Wright, of the Krewe of the South Shore Marauders, dances by the beer concession at Pigs in the Parking Lot.

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