New festival replaces Pig Gig in Bay City - WNEM TV 5

New festival replaces Pig Gig in Bay City

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The Pig Gig attracted thousands of people to Bay City every summer, but in 2012 the last rack of ribs was enjoyed at what had become a Mid-Michigan staple.

Now city leaders are looking to fill the void.

Some Bay City businesses have banded together to come up with a free festival that will entertain the very same people that fell in love with the Pig Gig.

"It's just a crazy, wacky parade," said Penny Warner, festival organizer.

Flyers for the Bay City Party Graw Festival lined Midland Street on Bay City's west side. On Thursday, July 31 the parade kicks off there.

There will be more than 230 craft beers to sample and collector beads flying everywhere.

Organizers said the parade isn't just for adults, a flyer said children and pets are also invited to participate.

The four-day festival will take place during the same time period when Pig Gig drew thousands of people to Veterans Memorial Park. With Pig Gig history,  businessman Art Dore and dozens of his colleagues hope this new festival can fill the void, including raising money for local charities.

"My daughter Wendy ran Pig Gig. We raised a lot of money for charity, it's been great and now we want to turn it over to this," Dore said.

In keeping with the pork theme of Pig Gig all the bars in the area will feature a different flavor of bacon for people to sample.

"Like cayenne and maple and bourbon and different kinds of bacon," Warner said. 

The festival is scheduled for July 31 through Aug. 3.

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