SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – Roads will be closed Thursday night ahead of Hub City Hog Fest in Spartanburg.

“It’s a certified barbeque competition, it’s really grown a lot,” said Chris George, with the city.

According to the City of Spartanburg, the following road will close at 11 p.m. on Thursday until Saturday at 11 p.m.:

  • Church Street from St. John St. to Broad St.
  • Main Street from Spring St. to Liberty St.
  • Dunbar Street from Magnolia St. to Dunbar Parking Garage
  • Commerce Street from Church St. to Dunbar Parking Garage
  • Magnolia Street from Magnolia Parking Garage to Main St.

There will be detours in place.

“We suggest folks take Henry Street, down to Daniel Morgan, if they’re moving North. If they’re moving South, just take Daniel Morgan around the courthouse,” said George.

Chris George, with the city, said they are expecting over 10,000 people over the two day fest.

A chicken wing competition is on Friday and ribs and pulled pork on Saturday.

Major Art Littlejohn, with the Spartanburg Police Department, said any cars downtown need to be moved.

“If you live downtown and you’re parked on any of the side streets, or the main streets, you need to have your cars moved tonight,” he said. “We will either be trying to call you by phone or have your car towed.”

As for safety, Major Littlejohn said their officers have a set plan.

“We know how many officers that we’re going to need, we know where we want to place them, based on the plan that we used before,” he said.

The police department is also warning parents and guardians to keep a close eye on their kids.

“Anytime we have a festival, some large event, probably the number one call that we have during that event is that we’re looking for missing children,” said Major Littlejohn.

If you cannot locate your child, find or call an officer immediately.

“You remember what they’re wearing, give them information on how to get back in touch with you, or information you can give to the officer,” said Major Littlejohn.

Another helpful tip from Major Littlejohn is to take your car keys with you.

“We ask that you remember that you lock your doors, any valuables or anything, leave them at home. Or if you are going to have valuables, put those in the trunk,” he said.

While at the festival, there will be food, fun and a BBQ competition.

The festival will operate Friday noon – 11 p.m. and Saturday from noon – 9 p.m.

Parking will be available in all parking garages at City Hall, and street parking along Spring Street, W Broad Street and West Main Street.