In addition to both Gold Festivals, downtown Marion’s Liver Mush Festival will celebrate the tasty, locally produced pork product on Saturday.

Marion will celebrate the 12th Annual Liver Mush Festival from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday on Main Street.

“Come join the Celebration of Liver Mush and the Liver Mush heritage of Marion and McDowell County!” reads a news release.

Hunter’s Liver Mush, the event’s sponsor, will naturally have free liver mush sandwiches. That always results in long lines as hungry folks wait patiently for their free sandwiches.

“Celebrate all things pig at the Marion Liver Mush Festival in downtown Marion,” reads a news release. “Liver mush is a regional delicacy and part of the heritage of Marion and McDowell County!”

The Pig Calling Contest will be back this year. The winner will get $50, a trophy and a festival T-shirt for the best pig call. The Liver Mush Eating Contest will be back too. This contest is open to adults 18 years and older. The winner of this will also get a $50 cash prize, a trophy and a Liver Mush Festival T-shirt.

Inflatables and other activities for the kids will available. Main Street will be lined with all kinds of vendors and sponsors. Downtown Marion’s restaurants, taprooms and brewery will be open for your enjoyment.

For the motorcycle enthusiast, it will be the Second Annual Hog on Hog Poker Run. The cost is $20 per motorcycle. Registration begins at 11 a.m. at Mica Town Brewing. The first bike out is at 11:30 a.m. and the last bike out is at 12:30 p.m. Run ends with a motorbike display on Main Street at 4:30 p.m. as part of the festival.

The Hog on Hog Poker Run is sponsored by Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) to raise money and awareness for abused children and support for this worthy cause. For more information, call 828-652-2215.

The Roadrunnerz will provide the sounds of great country music and rock classics.

“This local band is a crowd pleasing, high-energy band that is sure to get you out of your seat,” reads the news release. “A well-established band, they are already well known for playing a wide variety of music from your favorite top 40 country and pop dance tunes, and rock classics. The Roadrunnerz are well known for their strong vocals and harmonies from all five members.

“Tanya Williams is the lead female powerhouse belting out hits by artists such as Adele, Patsy Cline, Miranda Lambert and other new country artists. Bassist Jeff Queen gets fans rocking with kicking new country and Southern rock. Sandy Grant brings lots of energy to the stage with rhythm guitar and rich vocals. Chris Williams is southern rocker with smooth vocals and adds a scalding lead guitar. Drummer Jason Peeler is a backup and lead vocalist that carries the heartbeat of band as his powerful beat that gets the people on their feet! The Roadrunnerz band is sure to please, but you better bring your dancing shoes!”

The 2018 sponsors are the city of Marion, Hunter's Liver Mush, CarePartners Foundation, Phillips Financial, Goforth Pest Control, US Cellular, McDowell Chamber of Commerce, Spencer’s Hardware and Edward Jones.

For more information, call 652-2215 or follow Liver Mush Festival on Facebook. In case of rain, the concert will be at the Historic Marion Tailgate Market shelter, 67 West Henderson St.

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