The Chester County BBQ Festival continues to be an annual tradition since 1978. The festival is held each year on the last Friday and Saturday of September. It features BBQ, live entertainment, fried treats, children’s activities, and vendors. The festival is the Henderson/Chester County Chamber of Commerce’s largest fundraising event and is made possible by a volunteer committee. There is no admission fee. All events center around the Chester County Courthouse lawn in downtown Henderson.

 

BBQ Festival Hours:

Friday: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

  • Tuesday, September 20
    • Henderson Hometown Heroes Parade sponsored by the Veteran’s of Chester County
      • Downtown Henderson at 6:00 pm. Join us as we honor Henderson’s Hometown Heroes. FREE EVENT.
    • Touch-a-Truck
      • Henderson Church of Christ parking lot, following the Henderson Hometown Heroes Parade. Bring the kids to enjoy a hands-on event with Emergency Vehicles. FREE EVENT.
  • Wednesday, September 21
    • BBQ Festival Sponsorship Luncheon
      • Henderson Church of Christ at 11:30 am. Luncheon for Event Sponsors.
  • Friday, September 23
    • 44th Annual Chester County BBQ Festival presented by Centennial Bank
      • Downtown Henderson from 10:00 am - 10:00 pm.
    • Piglet Pen sponsored by Besso’s Coffee
      • Behind the County Office Building from 10:00 am - 10:00 pm. Bring the kids to enjoy the rides.
    • Hog Callin’ Contest
      • E&T Contracting stage at 11:15 am. Come be a part of festival tradition, and give us your best Hog Call. FREE EVENT.
    • Entertainment at the E&T Contracting Stage
      • 11:30 am - 7:00 pm. Stop by throughout the day to watch some entertainment featuring some of our best local and regional entertainers. FREE EVENT.
    • Notorious P.I.G. Talent Competition sponsored by E&T Contracting
      • E&T Contracting stage at 7:00 pm. Registration starts at 6:30 pm. $25 entry fee. Youth and adult categories. $250 first place cash prize.
  • Saturday, September 24
    • 44th Annual Chester County BBQ Festival presented by Centennial Bank
      • Downtown Henderson from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm.
    • Rise n’ Swine Community Breakfast sponsored by CC Lions Club and Besso’s Coffee
      • Henderson Church of Christ from 7:00 am - 10:00 am. $12/plate - tenderloin, biscuits, gravy, eggs, fruit, coffee, and juice.
    • Pig Trot 5k/1-Mile sponsored by FirstBank
      • No Xcuse Fitness. Registration at 7:15 am. Race begins at 8:00 am.
    • Splash, Dash, & Roll
      • Front Street, Henderson at 9:30 am. Bring the kids out for a fun obstacle course where they can splash, dash, and roll. FREE EVENT.
    • Tractor Show sponsored by First Farmers CO-OP and Cherry and Son Sales (hosted by the CCHS FFA)
      • Chester County Building parking lot. Registration from 7:00 am - 8:30 am. Show from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. $10 entry fee. Trophies Awarded.
    • Piglet Pen sponsored by Besso’s Coffee
      • Behind the County Office Building from 10:00 am - 10:00 pm. Bring the kids to enjoy the rides.
    • Princess Tea and Hero Hang sponsored by Southern Chic Spatique
      • Sue Shelton White Park from 10:30 am - 11:30 am. $5 entry fee. Wear your favorite gown and crown or superhero costume for some fun with the Princesses and the Superheroes.
    • Entertainment at the E&T Contracting Stage
      • 10:30 am - 7:00 pm. Stop by throughout the day to watch some entertainment featuring some of our best local and regional entertainers. FREE EVENT.
    • Porky's Pedal Tractor Pull sponsored by First Farmers CO-OP and Cherry and Son Sales (hosted by the CCHS FFA)
      • Main Street in front of the Black Box Theatre at 11:30 am. $5 entry fee. Bring kids of all ages to pull a weighted sled with pedal power.
    • Celebrity Oink ‘N’ Doink Dunkin’ Booth sponsored by Henderson Health and Rehab (hosted by Eagles Edge)
      • Corner of Main Street and Cason Avenue from 10:30 am - 5:30 pm. $5/3 balls. Come dunk your favorite local “celebrities”.
    • Charger’s Mutt Strut Pet Parade
      • E&T Contracting stage at 1:45 pm. Registration begins at 1:00 pm. FREE EVENT.
    • Gameday Tailgate Zone sponsored by Fast Pace Health
      • Behind the Courthouse. Tennessee vs. Florida Football Game at 2:30 pm. Come have lunch, relax, and enjoy the game.
    • Swine n’ Shine Car Show sponsored by Quality Bodyworks
      • Front Street parking lot from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Come and bring your best cars, trucks, jeeps, or motorcycles. $10 entry fee. Prizes Awarded.
    • Hog Wild Corn Hole Tournament sponsored by Cookies for Cancer (hosted by County Line Cornhole)
      • Main Street and Sue Shelton White Park. Registration at 5:00 pm. Bags Fly at 6:00 pm. $10 entry fee. Cash Prizes.

  • Henderson Health and Rehab
  • Besso's
  • Cherry and Son Sales
  • First Farmers Co-op
  • Veteran's of Chester County
  • Cookies for Cancer
  • Fast Pace
  • CPP ATV Repair
  • Chester County Farm Bureau
  • Henderson Stamping
  • Lofton Chevrolet
  • Lonnie Cobb Ford
  • Neo Products
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • State Farm
  • Teague Noles 45 Auto Mart
  • TLM Associates
  • Hay's Cashsaver
  • Duck's Market
  • Premier mfg