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Saturday's Whole Hog Festival to feature hog calling, plus circus performers, antique cars and more

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Whole Hog Festival

John Maher Builders' Whole Hog Festival on Oct. 8 will benefit The Well Outreach.

The John Maher Builders Whole Hog Festival will be held Saturday at historic Oaklawn Mansion in Spring Hill.

Benefiting The Well Outreach, the family-friendly festival will fill the day with many activities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oaklawn Mansion is located at 3331 Denning Lane.

Among the festival’s happenings are hog calling and bacon eating contests, a Kid Zone as well as circus performers and an antique tractor show. 

“Pork Chop,” an inflatable pig ride, is new to the event this year. Festivalgoers will enjoy a variety of arts and crafts, food trucks and live bands, to name a few. 

With over 25 kid-friendly activities, including inflatables, a petting zoo and a balloon artist, this year’s Whole Hog Festival will also be hosting over 35 unique craft vendors from all over Tennessee. 

There will be free music all day, on the main stage by various artists. Performances by Bad Dog Band, Brother’s Keeper, King Cotton, Dust & Daisies, Bordertown, Herrick, and Brother Maven will provide entertainment for the entire family. 

Over 15 local food trucks will be featured, from delicious barbecue, brisket, pork rinds, hot dogs, pizza, kettle corn, coffee, shaved ice, doughnuts, carnival treats, and more. Many of the food truck vendors will be offering bacon-theme selections. 

Whole Hog Festival Artist Lineup: 

  • 10 a.m., Bad Dog Band
  • 11:10 a.m., Brother's Keeper
  • 12:15 p.m., King Cotton Band
  • 1:15 p.m., Hog Calling Contest
  • 1:35 p.m., Dust & Daisies 
  • 2:40 p.m., Bordertown 
  • 3 p.m., Bacon Eating Contest
  • 3:50 p.m., Herrick 
  • 5 p.m., Brother Maven 

For more information, contact Shelly Sassen with The Well Outreach at 615-479-5617 or

There are still sponsorship opportunities. Call 615-302-WELL (9355) for more information.

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