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BBQ Throw Down offers more than good food

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Mike Hill, left, talks with Ed Whitehead while preparing pulled pork barbecue during the 2017 Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down in downtown Rocky Mount.

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Food, music and more are set to highlight the upcoming Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down in downtown Rocky Mount.

The 11th annual event will be held Oct. 12 and 13 on the lawn of the Helen P. Gay Rocky Mount Historic Train Station.

The weekend event will include a BBQ competition, a classic car show and competition, food vendors, live entertainment, activities for children, a beer garden featuring breweries from Rocky Mount Mills, a Hogs and Hot Rods Cruise-In and more.

The event will be from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 12 and from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 13.

Sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society, this year’s BBQ competition will include more than 30 cook teams from throughout the east and more than 30 certified judges. The competition will have four categories: Chicken, ribs, pork and beef brisket.

The BBQ competition, open to any BBQ professional, will result in a Grand Champion winning a prize of $5,000.

The Hogs & Hot Rods Cruise-In, an addition that was started at last year’s event, is great for classic car enthusiasts. Registration is $5 and begins at 11 a.m. Contestants may enter the festival grounds via Nash Street and Church Street for their opportunity to win a coveted hand-made People’s Choice Award and a Kid’s Choice Award. Proceeds from the Hogs & Hot Rods Cruise-In also will support the Nash County Special Olympics and My Sister’s House.

“More than $20,000 will be awarded to cook teams participating in this year’s BBQ Throw Down,” said Kayla Hillman, the city's special events coordinator. “We also give attendees the opportunity to purchase ballots to participate in voting for our ‘People’s Choice Award’ winner. Our main focus is that people of all ages can come out and have a good time. We hope that everyone will come check out what downtown Rocky Mount has to offer.”

Cook teams, brewers and car enthusiasts won't be the not only winners at this year’s BBQ Throw Down. Guests can play Plinko at the Rocky Mount Public Utilities booth for an opportunity to win $100 off their Rocky Mount utility bill.

Music is always a big part of the event each year. The Darryl Murrill Group will perform from 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 on the main stage in front of the train station.

Natural Wonder — the Ultimate Stevie Wonder Tribute Band — will play from 8-9:30 p.m. Oct. 12.

Local favorite The Sunspots will kick off the music on the main stage at 10 a.m. Oct. 13 followed by Time Sawyer at 11:30 a.m. Party group Love Tribe will close out the event at 3 p.m.

For more information on the 11th annual Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down, call 252-972-1151.

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