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Pigskin Pig-out continues at ECU

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

On Saturday, hundreds, if not thousands, of people dawned their purple and gold for the Pigskin Pig-out festivities at East Carolina University.

Before the purple and gold game fans could enjoy music, barbeque, or get their favorite football or basketball players autograph.

"Chip Thompson, Justin Hard, [and] Shane Carden, cause they're really good," said one 11-year-old fan.

During the Pigskin Pig-out cooking competition, teams put their best hoofs forward for more than a dozen hours to cook the best pig. Brian Monroe cooked with "Aporkalypse Now," and says their pig came out than previous years.

"We'll mix up the sauces, and each kind of rub. That's what makes each pig individual; but this one was far more delicious than what we've done in the past. It came out beautifully, and the skin was excellent, nice and crispy. It was delicious," said Monroe.

After all the pigs were roasted people headed over to the carnival for plenty of games and rides.

Fans, cooks, and kids say the Pig-out is all about the purple and gold.

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Thursday, the annual Pigskin Pigout kicked off at ECU. It's a four-day event that includes barbeque grilling, carnival rides and, of course, the spring football scrimmage.

Contestants in the pig cooking competition say nothing is going to stop them. They'll be camping out under the stadium all night working shifts to cook those pigs.

9 On Your Side caught up with Ryan Murphy an ECU alumni who's thrown his own hat in the ring. He told us a little bit of what he's up against.

"The judges here are basically look for the pig on the meat side down and the skin side up.  They want it to have this mahogany look.  How consistent that looks throughout the pig is what the judges are looking for," said Ryan Murphy, ECU alumni & contestant.

We asked Murphy for his pig cooking secret, but he wouldn't give it up.

ECU Police say they will be out in full force at the festivities.

"We try to take a consistent approach, but with this and the events the occurred earlier in the week, there will be a heightened awareness. And we also want the public and our patrons to also have a heightened sense of awareness, not to be panicky, not to have any paranoia but to be aware of their surroundings, to be an extra set of eyes and ears for us," said Lt. Chris Sutton, ECU Police.

Lieutenant Sutton says if you see something or someone suspicious; report it to the nearest police officer.

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