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Hogs for the Cause

This annual cookoff and fundraiser has quickly mushroomed into a festival-like event and a showcase of local creativity with pork. This year's music lineup includes Marcia Ball, Trombone Shorty, the Gourds and other bands, and food and drinks are for sale throughout the day.

When: March 24, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Where: Frisbee Golf Fields at City Park, 1 Palm Drive

Details: www.hogsforthecause.org

Hammond Smokin' Blues & BBQ Challenge

Considered the largest annual barbecue cook-off in Louisiana, this event is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society and draws competitive teams nationwide.

When: March 23-24

Where: Downtown Hammond

Details: www.hammondbluesandbbq.com

Louisiana BBQ Cookers Association events

This statewide organization will oversee a dozen barbecue competitions in 2012.

For a calendar of events, see www.labbq.org.

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