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Hogs and Hens Competition ONLY Application

  1. Vendor Selection:

    Vendor selection is based on a first come, first served basis with a limit of 6- 8 vendors. 

  2. Fees:

    The fee for competition only teams is $175 payable to the City of Abbeville.

  3. Important Times:
    • Setup Time Thursday, October 19th from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM 
      • If you arrive after 7:00 PM, there will be no lift to assist you into your spot. If you’re unable to arrive before 7:00 PM, please make a note of that on your application so the City can try and accommodate you.
      •  Teams may arrive on the morning of Friday, October 20th, but MUST be in place by 12:00 PM on Friday to adhere to traffic/safety rules. 
    • Vehicles, including golf carts, are NOT allowed on the Square during festival hours. If you need to drive onto the Square, you must do so before festival hours begin. Festival hours begin at 12:00 PM on Friday and 9:00 AM on Saturday. Vendors MUST stay until the conclusion of the festival and will not be able to drive onto the Square until the Festival ends, the streets are clear, and the green light has been given to you by our public safety team. Failure to comply with these public safety rules will negatively affect your chances of acceptance at future City events. 
  4. Fire Code:

    The City’s Fire Chief will be coming around to each vendor after load in to issue each vendor a permit. Permits will be given on the basis of the 2018 International Fire Code Regulations, adopted by South Carolina in 2020. To mention a few, cook teams are required to have a fire extinguisher at their cook station and can NOT have grills under tents. Please read the Mobile Food Truck Information Bulletin at the end of this application for more information on all requirements. 

    Please note that while you may have received a permit in other municipalities, Abbeville MUST issue its own permit yearly in accordance with the interpretation of the City’s Fire Chief. Permits are valid within the City limits for the full year in which they are obtained. However, an inspection still may be required later in the year.  

    Vendors who fail to meet fire code, and therefore fail to gain their permit, will NOT be allowed to cook/serve ANY food from their food trucks/trailers. Absolutely NO refunds for your vending space will be given if you do not meet the fire code. 

     Vendors are strongly encouraged to meet with the Abbeville City Fire Chief prior to the festival to gain their permit. Questions about the inspection should be directed to Abbeville City Fire Chief Chris Clemmons at or at 864-366-9461.  

    Teams should carefully read over the International Fire Code Regulations to prepare for the festival. 

  5. Power and Water:

    Power is NOT provided. Teams will be allowed to bring a silent generator if power is necessary for competing. Teams will have access to water but will be required to provide their own hose pipes. 

  6. Space:

    Vendors will be provided with a 20 ft x 15 ft space on North Main Street. 

  7. Southern BBQ Network Competition:

    If you are competing in the SBN Competition, carefully read over SBN’s rules and regulations on the City of Abbeville’s website. More information such as turn in times will be sent once vendors are accepted. NEW THIS YEAR! We’re excited to host Hogs and Hens as an open competition and offer monetary prizes to the Grand Champion, Grand Champion Reserve, as well as first place in all five categories. (ribs, chicken, pulled pork, brisket, and hash) The City must have a current W9 on file for cook teams/cookers in order to issue payment. To win Grand Champion, teams are required to compete in ribs, chicken, and pulled pork. Brisket and hash are ancillary categories. 

    • Grand Champion: $500 
    • Grand Champion Reserve: $200 
    • 1st Place for Ribs, Chicken, and Pulled Pork: $175 
    • 1st Place for Brisket and Hash: $100 
  8. I understand the Hogs and Hens reserves the right to reject any application. I realize that I am responsible for my spot, food and cleanliness. I hereby release the City of Abbeville from any claims of injury or damages resulting from my participation in the event. I agree by the rules stated in the contract and agree to comply with all DHEC rules and regulations. I understand that all promotion of my items must take place within the confines of my booth. I further understand that the City of Abbeville and all their representatives are not responsible or liable for damages including but not limited to, loss suffered before, during, or after each event I have applied to as a result of the display of my work, equipment, or material. I understand that there are no refunds or rain checks due to inclement weather. The City of Abbeville reserves the right to refuse booth space based on event guidelines. If these guidelines are not upheld, my booth will be closed immediately, and my funds will not be refunded. 

  9. Electronic Signature Agreement
    By checking the "I agree" box below, you agree and acknowledge that 1) your application will not be signed in the sense of a traditional paper document, 2) by signing in this alternate manner, you authorize your electronic signature to be valid and binding upon you to the same force and effect as a handwritten signature, and 3) you may still be required to provide a traditional signature at a later date.
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