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Anne Springs Close Greenway Cooks Up the Fiddle 'n Pig Shindig

FORT MILL, S.C., SEPTEMBER 6, 2013 — Cook teams will compete and delight visitors at the Fiddle n’ Pig Shindig, set for Sept. 20-21 at the Anne Springs Close Greenway and featuring some of the region’s best bluegrass bands and generous barbecue sampling.

New this year is a chicken wing cook-off, as well as first-time sanctioning by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, which will judge Boston Butts and spare ribs in a contest with prizes of up to $1,500.

The annual barbecue-and-bluegrass festival begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, with the chicken wing showdown and bluegrass music, as cook teams begin their overnight vigil preparing their barbecue sensations. The Hinson Girls and The Lonesome Road Band will perform, and food and drink vendors will be on hand. Friday admission is $5.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, barbecue tastings begin at 11 a.m. and visitors can vote for the “People’s Choice” Award. Featured bands are Deeper Shade of Blue, Appalachian Fire, and Bobby and the Blue Ridge Tradition. Admission is $10 and $6 for children under 10.

The festival is among the Greenway’s signature events, inviting the public to celebrate the season, the outdoors and the greater Charlotte community. Just minutes south of Charlotte, the Greenway is a 2,100-acre natural preserve that offers hiking, biking, horseback riding, kayaking and more. The land has been preserved for community use by the Springs-Close family, which operated the Springs textile mills for more than 100 years.

Festivities are centered at the Greenway’s Dairy Barn, at 288 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill. For information, please call 803-547-4575 or go to:

About Anne Springs Close Greenway
Opened in 1995, the Anne Springs Close Greenway is a 2,100-acre natural preserve that offers countless activities from hiking and biking and horseback riding to picnics and kayaking and more, while maintaining a natural habitat for wildlife. Its mission is to provide stewardship and protect the cultural, ecological and scenic features of the land, while also offering recreational and educational opportunities that promote the health and wellness of the community. Owned and operated by the nonprofit Leroy Springs & Co., Inc., the Greenway receives no tax money to build, maintain and operate trails and facilities. It is funded in part by the generous donations from individuals and corporations.