Throw Down offers more than good food

1 of 7

Tenille Jones,8, reacts while enjoying a ride in the Kids Zone Friday at the 11th annual Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down.


Staff Writer

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Downtown Rocky Mount served up a sensory experience Saturday as the sights, sounds and scents of the Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down pervaded the area near the historic train station, attracting old and young people alike.

More than 40 teams from the east participated in the barbecue competition this year. Teams with colorful names like Pig Pirates, Fat Heads, Smokin’ Story and Smack your Butt competed in taste competitions in categories including chicken, ribs, pork and beef brisket. The event was sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society and employed roughly 30 certified judges. 

A $5,000 grand prize winner was awarded to the Grand Champion. Winners were not available by presstime but should be posted on the city of Rocky Mount’s Facebook page. 

The real winners, however, were the people who attended the event Friday night and most of the day Saturday.

Rocky Mount resident Carlos Lawrence tried out the Plinko game sponsored by the city. 

“This has been a fun event,” Lawrence said. “I try to check things out whenever something is going on here. What I would really like to do is be a judge of the barbecue contest.”

Jack Richardson of Hollister was at the Hogs & Hot Rods Cruise-In, which was part of the event. Richardson sat guarding his wife’s sweet 1966 cherry red Mustang coupe while his fellow enthusiasts from the Twin County Cruiser’s Car Club rustled up some barbecue from the cooking tents.

“This is a really nice event,” Richardson said.

Wayne Holloman brought his sons Carson, 11 and Landen, 13, to enjoy the many free activities available to children and young people. 

“This is a great family event,” Holloman said. “And the weather has been perfect for the event.”

Landen Holloman said he felt the event was being held in a great location. 

“Most people seem to really enjoy it,” he said. “Every now and then a train comes by and people really like to see that.”

Rebecca Dorothy was at the event with her seven children loading up on hot dogs, hamburgers and a “po boy”

“Whatever that is,” Dorothy said. Dorothy said she usually focuses on healthy foods for her family, but felt this occasion was special.

“It’s just once a year,” Dorothy said. “This is our first time coming to this event, but it is very family-friendly and there is a lot to do.”