Bird park to host annual fundraiser


The fundraising Birds, Brews & BBQ will be held March 16 at Sylvan Heights Bird Park.


From Contributed Reports

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Sylvan Heights Bird Park will host its annual spring fundraiser Birds, Brews & BBQ on March 16.

Sponsored by Behind Barz Motorcycle Magazine, ElectriCities of North Carolina, Alliance Insurance and Carolina Brew Scene magazine, the event features a fun and friendly BBQ cook-off, and guests are invited to sample them all and cast their votes for their favorite BBQ style. This year, 12 cooks have accepted the cook-off challenge and will be competing for the coveted “Peoples’ Choice” and “Judges’ Choice” awards.

The event also celebrates the booming North Carolina craft beer scene, and guests 21 and older will be able to pair their BBQ samples with several types of North Carolina craft beer. Traditional beer selections will also be available, along with non-alcoholic beverages.

DJ Jay Jenkins will provide music and entertainment, and outdoor games will be available throughout the event, including the always popular pie-eating contest.

Birds, Brews & BBQ was created to showcase the region’s talented cooks and brewers, but it also benefits the birds. The funds raised during the event support Sylvan Heights Bird Park’s international and local conservation and education programs.

Tickets are $30 for ages 13 and up and $15 for children 12 and under and include admission to the bird park starting at 3 p.m. and guests are invited to tour the park before the event begins at 5 p.m.

Members of Sylvan Heights Bird Park receive a 10 percent discount on event admission. Tickets can be purchased online at www.shwpark.com/brews, or by calling the park at 252-826-3186.

Sylvan Heights Bird Park is a nonprofit organization whose mission is “to advance conservation of waterfowl and wetlands, to act as a local educational resource for avian biology and wetlands ecology and to serve as an international center for avicultural training and research.”

Sylvan Heights has the largest collection of waterfowl in the world and is the largest bird park in North America. The Bird Park is a unique facility with continentally-themed exhibits that offer visitors views of over 2,000 birds, including some of the world’s most endangered waterfowl and other birds.