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Poole’s Bar-B-Q & Pig Hill of Fame, East Ellijay

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A favorite with tourists and locals alike, Poole’s Bar-B-Q has become a world-famous attraction in the mountain town of East Ellijay. Oscar and Edna Poole opened the restaurant in 1989. It started in a roadside shack but now occupies this building, known as the “Taj-Ma-Hog”.

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Pig cut-outs, arranged in the shape of a pig, adorn the hill behind the restaurant known as the “Pig Hill of Fame”.

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Pig-related names abound.

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The Pig Hill of Fame started with just 300 cut-outs but now features over 3000.

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Poole’s Bar-B-Q probably doesn’t need to advertise, but these crazy cars do a good job.

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The pig kitsch is a lot of fun. Like the old saying of eating everything but the squeal, Poole’s uses decorative pigs in every possible way.

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One of my favorite things, though, was Porky, a child’s ride of the kind you’d find outside dime stores a couple of generations ago.

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