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Barbecue Festival on the Neuse

Friday, May 3, 2019 at 2:00pm

Held in Various Venues
Kinston, NC 28501

Schedule of Events:

Pearson Park Stage Area

Amusement rides
2 p.m.-11 p.m. - Location: Pearson Park off of Mitchell Street between Blount Street and French's Lane
Adult and youth rides will be available, including a Ferris wheel, Super Shot Drop Tower, Swing Ride, Dragon Wagon and merry-go-round.

Herritage Street Stage Area

2nd Annual BBQ Beef & Brew
5 p.m.-until - Location: Corner of Herritage and Caswell Streets
Partnering with Mother Earth Brewing and ERA-Kinston Realty Group, we’re offering the same great grass-fed, farm-raised beef you love, now in a BBQ Beef sandwich. The beef is slow cooked, chopped and sauced with Bar-B-Que Beast Sauce. You have asked to taste the winning sauces from the Sauce Boss Competition….here’s your chance! Bar–B-Que Beast BBQ Sauces hold the title for winning the BBQ Fest Sauce Boss Professional Competition over the past 3 years. Look for Bar-B-Que Beast Sauce for sale at their vendor booth at the festival. Delicious sweet potato fries and ice-cold drinks are also available to compliment this BBQ treat! Toppings and sauce are available to take your dinner to the next level.

Carolina Classic Cruisers Cruise-In
6 p.m. - Location: Herritage and Gordon Streets - entrance Gordon Street
Any  classic car owner is invited to show off their vehicle at a free event  which includes special festival parking. Contact: Judy Stroud for information 252-939-5295

Welcome and introduction of cook teams and sponsors
Chief cook briefing
7 p.m. - Location: Herritage Street Stage
Wil King Hog Happenin' cook teams and sponsors will be introduced by Tammy Kelly, Lenoir County Extension Director, Laura Lee Sylvester, President Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce, and Gary Reymer, Director of Assembly from Spirit Aero Systems. Let's make these teams feel welcome and show our support for both teams and sponsors!

Showmanship competition
7:30 p.m. - Location: Herritage and Caswell Streets Cook Teams in parking lot Don't miss this fun and entertaining competition: The cook teams go all out to really "put on the hog" as they compete for the showmanship awards in this competition. Past teams have entertained festival attendees with all kinds of themes -- from singing cowboys to gambling pigs -- you won't believe that pig cookin' can be so much fun! A preliminary competition to the "Super Bowl of Swine," the Hog Happenin' will host more than 80 award-winning barbecue cookers. Sanctioned by the North Carolina Pork Council, the Hog Happenin' cookoff is one of the most prestigious barbecue competitions in the state.
For more information, contact Tammy Kelly at 919-495-1116

10 p.m. - Location: Herritage Street and Pearson Park
One of the best fireworks displays in Eastern North Carolina

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