Black Creek Festival offers up lots of food and fun

Hartsville, SC - HARTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) – The Black Creek Arts BBQ Festival will have lots of good food and will also feature a special guest artist.

Smithfield, the Painting Pig, will be at the festival creating original works of art. The Black Creek, Blue Jeans & BBQ Festival is set for May 1 and will be held in Burry Park.

Smithfield, the 150 lb pot bellied pig, will be doing painting demonstrations on Saturday at 9:30 and 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. at the BBQ Festival. Tickets for Friday evening (7-11 p.m.) are $20 for the Anything Butt Cook-off and $10 on Saturday (9-2 p.m.) for the BBQ tasting of 20 cooks and all demonstrations.  Artisan of Cotton Trail will be featured in Burry Park along with the Good Living Marketplace with more than 50 vendors along Cargill Way.

Smithfield has appeared on Live with Regis and Kelly, Pet Star, and 15 seconds of fame on Oprah in addition to many local and regional shows and events throughout Virginia.

When Smithfield paints he picks up a brush, walks over to the canvas, paints strokes and then drops the brush.  He continues that process until the canvas is complete for the Smithfield original.  Paintings will be for sale.

His owner, Fran Martin, says he can also sit down, shake hands, give a kiss, and stick out his tongue and bow.

Martin also shares that the talented pig is a cancer survivor, not once but twice.  Diagnosed with nasal cancer in 2004, NCSU, Large Animal Hospital removed the tumor and he did 19 rounds of radiation.  The tumor returned in 2007 and the same procedure with radiation was performed.  Smithfield now has a hole on the top of his snout.

Black Creek Arts Council of Darlington County is a non-profit organization promoting the Arts throughout Darlington County. For additional information please contact event coordinator, 843-229-3269.

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