June 2019: Our Picks for Fun Family Outings
Peak City Pig Fest, Juneteenth, and more
Photos courtesy of Hunter Wilson
Peak City Pig Fest | June 14-15
Round up the family for Peak City Pig Fest, held annually in downtown Apex, and the only Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned event in the Triangle. Forty-eight cook teams will compete for more than $12,000 in prize money by cooking their best chicken, ribs, beef brisket and pork. The two-day event starts Friday night, when cook teams create masterpieces from 5-10 p.m. and spectators can watch the town’s firefighters compete against its police officers in a rib-eating contest. The main event on Saturday features barbeque sales from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., the People’s Choice Judging from 1:30-3:30 p.m. and an awards ceremony at 5 p.m. Don’t miss the ever-popular pig races at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Event admission is free; barbecue plates are $10 per person. Proceeds from the event support charities of the Apex Sunrise Rotary Foundation. The festival takes place on
Salem Street in downtown Apex.
Photo courtesy of North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Juneteenth at Stagville | June 8
More than 900 people were freed at Stagville, one of North Carolina’s largest plantations, at the end of the Civil War in 1865. Learn more about this significant event as Stagville celebrates Juneteenth, noon-5 p.m., during the month that commemorates when the last enslaved people in the U.S. were emancipated. Visit their original dwellings, experience the stories of freed people’s experiences, and watch re-enactors demonstrate open-hearth cooking and bread making. Representatives from Oberlin Village, Geer Cemetery and the Russell School share stories of how freed people shaped the nation’s modern cities. Children’s activities round out the event. Admission is free. Historic Stagville Plantation is located at 5828 Old Oxford Hwy., Durham.
Southern Slime Smash | June 29
Slime — that ooey, gooey substance loved by kids around the world — takes center stage in Raleigh at the Southern Slime Smash, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds’ Kerr Scott Building. Play with slime, watch live demonstrations, take part in a slime competition, meet Instagram slime stars and more. Purchase tickets, $20-$70, at southernslimesmash.com. Admission is free for ages 2 and younger. The North Carolina State Fairgrounds are located at 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh.