A two-decade summertime tradition in Bay City is no more.
The Labadie Pig Gig is cooked.
The annual barbecue festival's organizer announced Thursday it won't take place this year.
Wendy Dore is a part owner of the Bay City Country Club and one of the Pig Gig's founders. She tells The Saginaw News a number of factors contributed to the event's demise.
For one, the Pig Gig last year raised more than $1 million for charity, a personal goal of Dore's.
Plus, Dore wants to do other things, saying the event is "extremely time-consuming."
Dore says she hoped others would take over the pork picnic's planning, but it never happened, so she pulled the plug
WNEM-TV reports residents, charities and local businesses all are disappointed by the development.
This is the message that was posted on the event's Facebook page:
Thank you for your past support of the Labadie Pig Gig! After 20 years the event has raised $1,000,000 for local area charities and has offered the best in ribs and family entertainment for the Great Lakes Bay Region!
It is a bittersweet message to announce that the event has accomplished it's goals and will no longer be held.