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Buffet tribute band kicks off BBQ contest
Scott Checkoway prepares a pork butt for judging.

Jimmy Buffet tribute band Pirates of the Opry will kick off the second annual Hawgin’ on Lanier BBQ competition with a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Laurel Park.

Proceeds from the concert on the shores of Lake Lanier will go to the Hall County Animal Shelter’s Adoption Programs. Other Friday night activities include a 5-kilometer mud and obstacle run, car show and a Kansas City Barbeque Society and Georgia Barbeque Championship sanctioned event.

From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, activities will include a petting zoo, inflatables and train ride for children and the barbecue competition and car show for adults. Proceeds on Saturday will benefit the Gainesville Jaycees, who will sell barbecue dinners at the Friday night concert.

Tickets for the concert are $15 each or $300 for a table of eight including dinner. Tickets can be purchased by calling Katie Crumley at 770-297-5504 or emailing Individual tickets will also be available at the door.

Tickets for Saturday are $5 per person with children younger than 6 free. All tickets sold at the gate and includes entry to car show. Tickets for the “People’s Choice” BBQ taste testing are $10 per person.

Attendees are welcome to come by boat or car. Amphitheater seating is available. Guests may choose to bring lawn chairs or blankets for grass seating.

For more information, call 770-297-5504 or visit