Volume 53, Number 21

fourteen pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, May 26, 2016

Pig World Pig Championship XIV set for February 22nd

Submitted
The 14th World Pig Championship will be held Saturday, February 22nd at the Forbus General Store in Pall Mall. The annual event will begin at “high noon.”
All players are invited [no admission fee] to participate in this five hour competition. Pig is a card game [similar to Rook, Set-back and others} that has its origin in the Fentress/Pickett county areas of East Tennessee.
Since its inception, the tournament has observed steady growth. The last few years there have been close to 100 players crammed into the back of this old store all vying to leave as a World Champion. Players have traveled form over six different states and one devoted contestant makes his annual pilgrimage from Washington, D.C. just to be a part of the event………..and he’s not a politician! Lots of fun and good country fellowship are had by all……….even those “hens” [little ladies] that travel down the “Creek” each year just to spectate.
Past winners include; Fred Johnson, Ricky Norris, Mike Slaven, Sheryl Buck, Ronnie Crabtree and his son Daniel, Ernest Beaty, Brandon Smith, Sam Moon, Doug Lamb, Robbie Moles, Kenny Flowers, and Bea Bolton. We have yet to crown a repeat champion but this could be the year.
If you desire a copy of the rules, they may be found at buckslodging.com. If you have time on Saturday the 22nd, it would be worth your effort to come see the “going-ons” at the old general store. You could sit on the bench next to the ole pot-bellied stove with the “hens” and watch the play, listen to the harassment from the players, and maybe even buy some of Joe’s famous fudge.

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