Bikes and barbecue will take over downtown Lincolnton Friday and Saturday as part of the 2004 Doug Herbert Hog Happeninâ€™.
Hog Happeninâ€™ runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and is centered around the courtsquare.
The event is a regional bike rally and Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned North Carolina State Championship Cook-off that brings motorcycle owners, barbecue teams and visitors from all over the region to Lincolnton.
This is the fourth year for the free event.
In its first year, Hog Happeninâ€™ won the North Carolina Department of Commerceâ€™s award for Best Downtown Special Event in North Carolina.
â€œFour years later, Hog Happeninâ€™ is bigger, better and â€˜badderâ€™ than ever,â€ said Brad Guth, director of Business and Community Development, in a press release.
Barbecue teams will set up camp around the courtsquare and start their cooking Friday night. By the morning, the smell of ribs, chicken and anything else that can be barbecued will be wafting through downtown.
Bands will play on the Royal Cigar Main Stage Friday and Saturday.
Griffin Brothers Tires will sponsor the bike rally, poker run, bike show and bike games. It costs $10 to participate in the show and $15 for the poker run.
Registration for the poker run is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. To compete in the bike show and games, bikers must sign up between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday.
Cash prizes will be handed out for best hand, worst hand and most aces at the end of the poker run.
And bikers can win plaques in a slew of categories for the bike show.
Food vendors will set up along the street, and a beer garden will be provided by Budweiser/Standard Distributing.
Hog Happeninâ€™ is organized by the city of Lincolnton, the Christian Motorcycle Association and the Downtown Development Association.
Sponsors include Doug Herbert Performance Parts, TRT Trailer Sales, Griffin Brothers Tires, Wheels and Auto Care, Royal Cigar, The Rock Garden, Lincoln Times-News, Charter Communications and WLON 1050 AM.