New digs for Pigz in Z’Hills this year

Buoyed by new festival grounds, the seventh annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Fest is aiming to become its most successful. The shindig, now a well-attended staple in Zephyrhills, is set for Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, 39450 South Ave. Admission is free, but parking is $10. Presented by The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce, Pigz in … [Read more...]

New event venue site completed in Zephyrhills

Less than five months after breaking ground, the new community venue site at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport is complete. The unnamed venue, at 5200 Airport Road, will officially be unveiled at the seventh annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Fest on Jan. 21. The 14-acre site is situated north of the Zephyrhills’ City Yard, stretching to Airport Road, and backing up the southern … [Read more...]

Name sought for new Zephyrhills venue

A new community venue in Zephyrhills needs a name. The City of Zephyrhills and The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce are conducting a contest to name the venue, which is located at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport. The venue, at 5200 Airport Road, is the site for the eighth annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Fest on Jan. 21. Ideally the venue’s name will reflect the … [Read more...]

Attendance down for Pigz in Z’ Hills event

The sixth annual Pigz in Z’ Hills BBQ and Blues Festival, drew a crowd of roughly 7,000. That’s down about 3,000 from the previous year. But, proceeds for the Jan. 16 event still met the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce’s projected revenue goals. One possible explanation for the reduced attendance could have been its simultaneous timing with The Tampa RV SuperShow at the … [Read more...]

Chamber exec leaves her mark

Vonnie Mikkelsen is wrapping up her work this week at the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce to take on a similar role for the chamber of commerce in Springfield, Oregon. Making the decision to leave her current post was no easy choice, Mikkelsen said. “This was not just a job to me. It was really a commitment. It’s where my heart was. It’s where I grew at the same time that I saw … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce pays it forward

The scent of barbecue and the sounds of bands belting out the blues aren’t the only sweet things to come out of the fifth annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ and Blues Fest at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport. There’s also the money that the event generates. This year, the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce handed out more than $15,000 in donations to eight civic clubs and youth groups, … [Read more...]

Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Fest draws record crowd

About 8,000 people attended the fifth annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Fest, breaking another record for the event founded in 2010 by the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce. Besides attracting thousands to enjoy the barbecue and bands, the event on Jan. 17 at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, also lured 51 teams to compete to see who makes the best barbecue. Thirty-nine teams … [Read more...]

Holy Smoke! Blues, Barbecue in Zephyrhills

The holidays are associated with great family, great friends and great food. In fact, sometimes the food is the best part: Turkey, ham, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and other dishes all make a welcomed appearance. It's all great, but something is missing. Where are the ribs? The chicken? The pulled pork? The sweet, tangy sauce that gets on your fingers? The baked beans and corn on the … [Read more...]

Visit Florida provides financial boost to Pigz in Z’Hills

The annual Pigz in Z'Hills BBQ & Blues Fest is getting a big financial boost after Visit Florida announced it would provide a $2,500 advertising matching grant to the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce. "The purpose of these grants is to help nonprofit entities and local governments stretch their tourism and marketing dollars in an effort to expand cultural, heritage, rural and nature … [Read more...]