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Hawgin on Lanier brings out various competitors Aug. 27 to Laurel Park
Mark Rossi dances with his son Enrico, 8 months, and mother Sue Williams at Laurel Summer Fest last year. It was held in conjunction with Hawgin’ On Lanier. The Rossis, including wife and mom Maryam, are from Oakwood.

Hawgin’ On Lanier
When: 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27
Where: Laurel Park, 3100 Old Cleveland Highway, Gainesville
Cost: $10 adults, $7 children ages 10-16 and free for children age 9 and younger
More info: 770-532-7714,,,

Barbecue cooks competing for the bragging rights, adults salivating over the drool-worthy dishes, children playing on giant waterslides and entertainer playing live music are all part of the annual Hawgin’ On Lanier.

In its fifth year, the barbecue festival, competition and public safety cook-off has evolved into a community event. But the barbecue contest remains front and center. Several teams from area fire stations and police precincts will compete for prizes in the Public Safety division. Meanwhile, amateur cookers from Hall County will square off to see who makes the best barbecue.

After the dishes are served to the judges, festival attendees can eat barbecue plates from participating vendors.

Following the meal, adults can quench their thirst in the wine and beer garden as sit back and listen to live music. Children, on the other hand, can play on a giant inflatable waterslide and enjoy other kid-friendly activities. Plus, families may participate in competitions during the day.

Vendors of sweets and arts and crafts will be on hand, too. And a fireworks display will wrap up the event as the sky darkens.

Hawgin’ On Lanier will be from 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Laurel Park, 3100 Old Cleveland Highway, in Gainesville.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for children ages 10-16 and free for children age 9 and younger. Food is included in ticket price, except for kids 9 and younger. Group rates available for 10 or more.

Additional food and activity tickets or wristbands will be available for sale. Beer, wine and other foods and desserts available for sale at various prices.

For more information, call the Gainesville Jaycees at 770-532-7714, email or visit or

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