The North Carolina Mason

July/August 2013

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Page 8 The North Carolina Mason July/August 2013 Ric Car ter photos Pig Jig continues to satisfy Delivery of the pig is probably the most exciting moment for Pig Jig teams. A novice's first jig with the pig By J. J. Kuba Jr. PAID NON-PROFIT ORG. AUTO U.S. POSTAGE In this issue of The NC Mason OXFORD, NC 27565 PERMIT NO. 56 The annual North Carolina Pig Jig took place May 17–18 and was attended by our lodge [Hickory 343] for the second time in as many years. The Annual North Carolina Masonic Pig Jig is a fund raising event for several of our charities. The way it works is that we sell tickets to the general public and cook our best dishes. Tickets holders come into the Pig Jig area and sample the wares of the different lodges. They then vote for their favorite. Professional barbecue judges also pick their favorites. All the proceeds go directly to charity. There were 31 teams this year. The troop and I got in a little early and had the advantage of setting up before it got crowded. We also got to see some of the fair that was going on at the same time. The Pig Jig was just a part of AgFest, and off season state fair. The raw product was given out at around 9:00 p.m. Friday night. This consisted of one pig (no head, we were disappointed also), four Boston butts, and seven chickens. A meeting was called before the food was distributed, and the teams were told what time their particular product was to be at the judges' area. The samples going to the judges were to be placed in two clam shell, to-go containers, while the sauce was to be put in a four-ounce sealable bowl. All of it was not to add up to ten ounces of product. If that is what they want, then that is what they get. The smoke started to rise that evening about 8:00 coming out of chimneys, or off grills. One team was actually making charcoal and then placing it into their cooker. Traveling around the camp you could hear all types of music, from outlaw country to modern pop to hip hop. Music and its many forms were present, just as man and his many forms were also present. The meat arrived, and the blades appeared. Flashes of silver came from under the work lights which appeared as the daylight see NOVICE, page 4 By Ric Carter RALEIGH — Raleigh 500 held the Eighth Annual Carolina Masonic Pig Jig here on May 18 at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. It was celebrated in conjunction with the Got to Be NC AgFest, our state's off-season state fair. The Pig Jig has thousands of visitors each year and crowns the best Masonic team in several divisions of grilled and smoked delight. At the Pig Jig, thousands ate and voted for their favorites. A team of appointed judges picked the best results in several divisions. More than 30 teams entered the competition. While final figures are not yet available, it is estimated that $8,000 will go to the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford and to Central Children's Home. The two institutions have been supported by the Masons of North Carolina for many years. The Grand Champion title went to the joint team of Rolesville 683 and James B. Green 735. Spurmont 98, last year's Grand Champion, took the People's Choice Award. Other division winners were: Pork Division First Rolesville 683/James B. Green 735 (Rolesville) Second Widow's Son 4 PHA (Raleigh) Third Wilmington 319 (Wilmington) Chicken Division First Rhamkatte 827 PHA (Raleigh) Second Spurmont 98 (Strasburg, Virginia) Third William G. Hill 218 (Raleigh) Sauce Division First Widow's Son 4 PHA (Raleigh) Second Rolesville 683/James B. Green 735 (Rolesville) Third William G. Hill 218 (Raleigh) Team Spirit Doric 30 (Millville, Delaware) The Masonic Pig Jig returns to Got to Be NC AgFest next year. We'll bring you details right here. Don't miss the fun or the opportunity to make a little money for your lodge. A bit of rain didn't spoil the fun. NORTH CAROLINA The Mason page 1 Annual Communication comes September 27–28 Annual Communication is just around the corner page 5 On the cover Pig Jigs are not made by pig alone. Roast corn was on this young man's to-do list. More on this year's Carolina Masonic Pig Jig is on page eight. More photos are on page five. Ric Carter photo CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED Carolina Masonic Pig Jig The Grand Lodge of North Carolina, AF&AM 600 College Street Oxford, North Carolina 27565 page 8 The North Carolina Mason Homecoming set for October 12 Carolina Pig Jig fun JUL/AUG 2013

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