BBQ Festival on the Neuse in full swing Saturday

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KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Thousands of people spent their Saturday afternoon at the 35th annual BBQ Festival on the Neuse in Kinston.

The festival promises delicious BBQ, several food competitions, wine and beer gardens, plenty of shopping, lots of activities for kids including amusement rides by Inner’s Amusements, live music, and much, much more.

The Caswell Center Foundation Golf Tournament has been postponed until Tuesday, May 9.

Friday things pick up a bit. The 35th Wil King Hog Happening’ kicks off with more than 80 award-winning barbecue cookers. There’s also the annual Chamber Burgers and Brew, the Carolina Classic Cruise-in, a 4-H kidsfest, both beer and wine gardens, several events at local businesses and of course fireworks. You can also enjoy the music from  the David Thompson Band, the Brian Miller Ensemble and the North Tower Band.

On Saturday, the Bicycle Fitness Ride for Scholarship starts the day. Then there’s also a car and truck show, a special event at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center, meet-and-greets with several notables including pitmaster Sam Jones, bakers Angie Tucker and Christin Kubasko, Ben Knight and Chef Vivian Howard of the award-winning show “A Chef’s Life” and writers Kristy Woodson Harvey and Fred Thompson. There’s also the 4th Sauce Boss Competition and the 3rd annual Southern Sides Competiton and the 3rd annual Corn Hole Tournament. Also enjoy concerts from “3 Degrees East” and Dakota East.

BBQ plates go on sale at 11 a.m. Saturday until they’re sold out.

Organizers will also offer free parking and a shuttle ride to and from the festival. The shuttle will travel every 15 minutes from the JCPenney parking lot at the Vernon Park Mall on Friday between 4:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., then 9:45 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

For additional info, click here to view the festival’s official website.

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