LEXINGTON, NC - This weekend, thousands of people will pack an appetite and napkins for the 33rd annual Lexington Barbecue Festival. While your enjoying the food, check out some of the fiberglass pigs in Uptown Lexington.

There are about 25 pigs within walking distance, and the whole project started as a way to preserve history.

In the early 2000's, Uptown Lexington Inc. began the pigs project as a fundraising effort to preserve the historic Belk building on Main Street.

Local artists would design the pigs that were eventually auctioned off. In 2003, about $35,000 were raised by the pig artwork auction.

Uptown Lexington Inc. auctioned off pigs 5 times between 2003 and 2009. Altogether, about 100 to 150 pigs were made and auctioned off. Today, the pigs you see are pieces of art that showcase Lexington's love for barbecue.