Pigskin Pig Out

April 8 - 9, 2022 Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium Greenville


  1. Wesley Bowers
  2. Billy Narron
  3. David Grandy

The Pigskin Pig-Out is a family-oriented festival style event surrounding the annual East Carolina Purple-Gold Spring Football Game at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

The 37th Annual Pigskin Pig-Out will again feature a weekend of barbecue with the famous pig cookin’ contest, tailgating with friends and family, 1st Annual Pigskin Car Show, live music and carnival fun for all ages. Serving as the centerpiece of the festivities however will be the Purple & Gold Spring Game, which is slated for a 12:30 p.m. kickoff on April 9. Admission is free to the contest and fans will be allowed on the field at the conclusion of the game. Learn more

“We are excited to once again host Pirate Nation on campus for a weekend of fun culminating with the Purple & Gold Spring Game,” ECU Director of Athletics Jon Gilbert said. “Our staff worked to put together a list of events that will be fun for all ages and make our campus the place to be that weekend. Pirate fans like nothing more than tailgating with friends and family, listening to live music, eating barbecue and watching the Pirates in action.”

Award-winning eastern Carolina-style barbecue and sides are available in three different portions this year, starting at $10 (single-serving), $20 (tailgate package) and $85 (4-gallon bucket). All BBQ options can be pre-ordered by calling the ECU Athletics Ticket Office at (252) 737-4500.

Cook registration is now open and individuals and/or teams are encouraged to register early for the 40 cooking slots. An entry fee of $200 has been established per chef. Cooks with varying levels of experience can choose which category to compete in: Gold (serious/experienced) or Purple (casual/novice), while all entrants will have the opportunity to place in the Showmanship Category. Stay tuned for more information and schedule updates that will be posted to the Pigskin Pig-Out Page.

Judges: Brownie Futrell, Jim Warren, Carla Parker

1 – Wesley Bowers
2 – Billy Narron
3 – David Grandy
4 – Charlie Meeks
5 – Chris Fineran

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