March 11, 12 & 13, 2016 Starting at 5:pm on Friday night!
Daily Entry Fee $5
$3 for Children 2-6
Children under 2 Free
The Pig on the Pond Sanctioned BBQ Competition & Festival traces its origin back to November of 1998, when it was held on West Avenue in Clermont.
The first event, organized by the South Lake County Community Foundation, attracted around 1,000 people to a fun-filled day.
In 1999, the event shifted to the Waterfront Park for a day and a half, and many more activities were added.
With the growth of the event, it was decided to reevaluate its purpose in 2002 and the decision was made to not hold the event in that year.
A group conducted a thorough financial analysis of the event along with the potential for raising funds.
It was determined that with the support of the Community Foundation of South Lake County, the event could enable the non-profit organizations in the community to raise money for their activities.
The purpose of the event, now scheduled to be held in March of each year, would be to raise much-needed money for scholarships and education in South Lake County.
In order to make the event even more successful, it was decided to create a separate organization (Pig on the Pond, Inc.) in 2003 with its own board of directors and staff.
A link with the Community Foundation of South Lake County was maintained through a supporting organization arrangement and the creation of the Pig on the Pond Educational Fund.
Through this fund the CFSLC and Pig on the Pond are able to award scholarships to local high school seniors and awards to local teachers at the Annual Teachers Appreciation Breakfast.
Other forms of education may be beneficiaries of this fund.
While the basic activities of the event remain the BBQ competition and the carnival.
The annual “Pig on the Pond” event enables more than 20 local non-profit organizations to conduct fundraising efforts at the Waterfront Park with approximately 50 sponsors providing much-needed financial support.
The attendance has averaged 27,000 people at the event and the organizations have raised over $700,000 since 2003 for scholarships and education for the South Lake community.
More and more money will be needed to support scholarships and education as the community continues to grow and the Pig on the Pond event will be at the forefront of that purpose!
Please help us in providing the gift of education through scholarships!
MAKE A DONATION
Visit the Community Foundation of South Lake
Select the option for “Pig on the Pond Educational Fund”
Our “For the Kids” Mission Statement
Provide educational scholarships and other support to our local students, positioning them to lead successful and impactful lives in their chosen communities.