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Hillsborough Hogg Day canceled

Posted January 12, 2014

— As for now, Hogg Day is no more.

The Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce board of directors recently voted to cancel the popular event.

“Hogg Day was always a successful event, but the mission of the chamber is to assist its members and the business community to grow and thrive,” wrote Margaret Wood Cannell, chamber executive director, in an email. “While an event the magnitude of Hogg Day is a tourism draw, the Board did not feel that it was an adequate use of resources to further that mission and our strategic goals.”

Hogg Day was a local tradition for 31 years. Up to 35,000 people attended the event annually, dubbed as Orange County’s largest festival. Formerly known as Hog Day, the event was renamed last year to honor James Hogg, a local merchant and former University of North Carolina trustee.

Cannell noted that the chamber would work with any organizations willing to take over the event.


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  • thefensk Jan 13, 2014

    Well, it is not completely dead, it is just that the Chamber of Commerce doesn't want to be in the festival business. If another group or organization wants to pick it up, they've left the door open.

  • dogsrule12cheek Jan 13, 2014

    Thats Stupid ,,, I thought hillsborough was an historic town and now they are getting rid of a 31yr tradition ,, Whats wrong here....