Time to pork out at Oak Harbor annual ‘oink you’ celebration

Blitz, Blue Thunder and Crisp P. Bacon part of all-day Sunday event

Blitz prefers the other white meat.

At least that’s the assumption of chef Scott Fraser who’s looking forward to hosting the Seattle Seahawks mascot at Sunday’s 10th anniversary celebration of Oak Harbor Pigfest.

“Yes, of course he likes pork,” Fraser joked. “He wouldn’t eat chicken or any other bird.”

Blitz will be joined by the Blue Thunder Drumline as the special guests for Fraser’s annual free give-away of thousands of pounds of grilled, roasted and ribbed pork and other barbecue trimmings expected to be gobbled down by some 10,000 people.

The event is from noon to 5 p.m. along downtown’s closed-off streets.

Pigfest is Fraser’s way of thanking Oak Harbor for its community spirit and support of his restaurant, Fraser’s Gourmet Hideaway. Although free, donations from individuals and business sponsors raise money for local charities.

The main event sponsor is Island Thrift.

Other restaurants also contribute meat and cooks, and hundreds of volunteers pass out food and clean up.

“Don’t be put off if the line looks really long,” Fraser advises. “The single line moves into four grill lines and then it moves pretty fast.”

The main serving line begins at noon.

Look for the giant inflatable pink pig — named Chris. P. Bacon — floating in the sky. It marks the site of food lines and the contest between professional grillers with the Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association. They’ll compete for the most flavorful meat and sauce in many categories, judged by professionals who’ll delicately taste much pork by the fork to determine winners and give out prize money.

In all, 25 teams from Canada, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana will be cooking pork butt, pork ribs, chicken (oops, don’t tell Blitz) and brisket. Small samples may be available at contest grill stations.

At 1 p.m. on the main stage, Blue Thunder is scheduled to appear.

Other performances include bands, Highway 9, Wings N Things and Ron Stubbs, self-described rock &roll hypnotist.

A pie eating contest begins at 2:45 p.m.

The big block party also includes arts and crafts vendors, raffle, clowns, vaudeville acts, games, climbing wall and other kids’ activities.

For information: 360-679-3474, www.oakharborpigfest.com, www.pnwba.com

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