Eufaula—A carnival, rodeo, crafts for kids, parade, poker run on Lake Eufaula, car show, Petting Zoo, outstanding live entertainment, a BBQ cook-off and Sandwich giveaway are some of the festivities featured at the annual Whole Hawg Days Festival in Eufaula, July 29 to 30. Admission is free, and organizers say there truly is something for the entire family to enjoy.

            The reason for the birth of the festival 27 years ago is the Whole Hawg Days BBQ competition, according to Jimmie Phelan, Executive Director of Eufaula Area Chamber of Commerce. “This is a great way to prove just how good you can really cook that BBQ,” she said.

            The cook-off is set for Saturday, July 30, with judging beginning at 3 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded, and the public is invited to sample all of the competitors’ cooking for free, Phelan said.

            At 7 on Saturday morning, the Poker Run begins at Eufaula Cove Marina with participants hailing from several states to compete for 1st place, as much as $20,000 in prize money, Phelan said. Outlying marinas participating in the event include Cole’s Evergreen, No. 9, Belle Starr, Thomas Marine Dockside and Eufaula Cove Marina as the host site.

            For a complete schedule of events and the necessary entry forms for the poker run and cook-off, visit the Eufaula Area Chamber of Commerce at 321 N. Main St., 918.689.2791, or