Hog Wild will not be held this October as the organization revamps and rebrands it for a launch in the spring.
First held in 1991, Hog Wild had seen some decline in the last few years, and the revamped event will shift in focus to the downtown for a block party type atmosphere. Set for the weekend of March 17-18 in the coming year, the event will include St. Patrick’s Day.
“Since our new date falls on this fun holiday, we are taking advantage of the theme and hosting a block party type event,” said Main Street Corinth Director Angela Avent. “All of our local merchants and restaurants will be able to participate and promote their goods, which brings Main Street back to meeting our overall mission, vision and goals.”
The event in the past typically included a carnival and entertainment alongside the sanctioned barbecue cooking competition. It is moving to a date being vacated by a Tupelo barbecue cooking event.
Cooking competition coordinator Tammy Bonds said cookers have been advised of the change, which is expected to bring in more participants. The event is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society.
The Mississippi Main Street Association suggested that Main Street Corinth move away from coordinating more than one annual festival. The group’s board of directors organize the Slugburger Festival, Christmas parade, Celebrate Corinth, Films on Fillmore and other activities.
“We are very excited and encouraged about this positive change and believe that our community and members will greatly benefit from it,” said Board President Sara Beth Stockton.
The organization is an association of businesses, industries and individuals working to preserve and invigorate the historic downtown.