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Hillsborough Hog Day is a bit of a misnomer because the festival actually runs Friday and Saturday, June 17 and 18. But for those two days, pork is truly king, and fried dough, tankards of lemonade, affordable arts, classic cars and a variety of musical options form its royal court. For competitive types, Hog Day offers a vintage car show (complete with trophies), a hog-calling contest for the youngsters, and, of course, a barbecue cookoff. For the music-minded, on-the-brink pop-rockers Roman Candle headline on Friday night, with fellow locals Shannon O'Connor, The Two Dollar Pistols, Chatham County Line and Dexter Romweber rounding out an exceptionally strong country-and-roots-conscious bill. Saturday's sounds are all over the map, with beach music, rockabilly, a rock 'n' roll variety show and Keith Henderson's "Illusions of the King" Elvis tribute. (So, OK, both pork and Keith Henderson get to be king.) The entertainment runs from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets for Friday's music are $6 in advance or $8 the day of the show. For complete details, see

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