Hogs for the Cause cancels popular barbecue festival amid coronavirus concerns

Hogs for the Cause, the popular barbecue and music festival, has canceled its 2020 event at the UNO Lakefront Arena Grounds.

Cooking, eating and playing at Hogs for the Cause Saturday, March 24, 2018 at UNO on the Lakefront. (Dinah Rogers Photo)

Organizers made the “difficult decision” after conferring with state and local officials and pursuing a variety of options, a spokesperson for the festival said in a statement.

The 12th annual festival and charity event was scheduled for March 27 and March 28.

”While we are saddened by this decision, we feel that as an organization committed to health care for those in need, it was the most responsible course of action. We will be back in 2021!” the statement said.

Cooking, eating and playing at Hogs for the Cause Friday, March 23, 2018 at UNO on the Lakefront. (Dinah Rogers Photo)

Hogs for the Cause recently announced a “record number” of more than 100 teams scheduled to participate in the event. Local and regional barbecue masters and backyard chefs compete in several categories during Friday’s Bacon Night and the Saturday main event.

Grammy award-winning band Old Crow Medicine Show was set to headline the 2020 event, with more than 20 contemporary bands as part of the music lineup.

Organizers said all tickets will be refunded immediately to the card used for purchase.

Proceeds from Hogs for the Cause helps provide aid for families with children battling pediatric brain cancer. The organization says it has has given more than 1,000 direct grants to families in need and has made financial contributions to children’s hospitals in New Orleans, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Atlanta.

While the 2020 fundraising event is canceled, Hogs for the Cause will accept donations at www.hogsforthecause.org/donate.

For more information, visit the Hogs for the Cause website.