Rocky Mount and the local economy benefited from two major events that brought hundreds of people to town this past week.
People from throughout the state visited Rocky Mount for the N.C. NAACP’s 70th annual state convention, which ran from Thursday through Saturday. While they were here, they stayed in local hotels and supported other local businesses, providing a significant boost to the local economy.
Officials said people attending the convention were expected to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars during the course of several days at area hotels and on gasoline, food and shopping, the Telegram’s John Henderson reported.
The event also brought a number of high-profile speakers and guests to Rocky Mount.
Meanwhile, other guests came last week to enjoy great food, live music and other festivities during the sixth annual Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down. The event featured a barbecue competition sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society, among other activities. The impact of events like the NAACP state convention and the BBQ Throw Down are far-reaching. Not only do they give us a source of community and pride, they also help put Rocky Mount on the map. Visitors who came to town last week to participate in either of those events were exposed to some of the many features our area has to offer. The community should do all it can to embrace and encourage major events like the NAACP state convention and the BBQ Throw Down and to welcome those who travel from other areas to participate in them.