LEXINGTON, N.C. (WFMY) – The 35th annual Barbecue Festival in Uptown Lexington is right around the corner!
We’re ready to give you reasons to go “hawg wild” ahead of one of the country’s most popular food festivals in the Barbecue Capital of the World.
Festival organizers held the 2018 Barbecue Festival Preview Luncheon in Barbecue Alley, the heart of the Barbecue Festival for the last 35 years.
So, what can you expect besides delighting in the most legendary barbecue?
WHEN IS THE BBQ FESTIVAL
- Saturday, October 27, 2018 in Lexington, NC
- Free Admission: Exhibits open at 8:30am
- Opening Ceremony at the Grandstand Stage on the Square at 9:00am
- Barbecue Tents open at 10:00am
- Festival closes at 6:00pm
- Festival Finale Concert and Fireworks- 6:00pm-9:00pm located on East 3rd Avenue at the Breeden Amphitheater
PIG TALE CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST
Throughout the first few weeks ahead of it, the Barbecue Festival will host the Pepsi “Pig Tale” Creative Writing Contest for a chance to win a one-year supply of Pepsi products. The contests began September 18 and will continue through October 19.
TOUR DE PIG
On Saturday, October 13, things get a little racy with the 27th Annual Tour de Pig starting from the campus of Davidson Community College and running through some of Davidson’s County’s most scenic spots.
PIG SAND SCULPTURE
You’ll get to see some sand over 200 miles away from the coast on Main Street, where the 19th Annual Pig Sand Sculpture will begin taking its shape on Saturday, October 20th, which begins the 8-day countdown to festival day.
BBQ FESTIVAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
That same day, your fairway to hog heaven will be the Lexington Golf Club where the Lexington Men’s Golf Association will host the Barbecue Festival Golf Tournament, which continues Sunday, October 21.
You know it’s ON when Childress Vineyards hosts the Pre-Pig Shindig as pit masters get the fire going for the Barbecue Festival. Enjoy some live music, food, and, of course, sipping on some of the 14th edition Fine Swine Wine. Find out more details about the Pre-pig Shindig
This year’s music line-up was announced by Q104.1 and includes some of today’s favorite new country stars like Danielle Bradbury, Maddie & Tae, Tyler Rich and dozens more.
PIT MASTERS AT FESTIVAL
Local restaurant owners and pit masters participating in this year’s Barbecue Festival include Barbecue Center, Speedy’s Barbecue, Smokey Joe’s Barbecue Inc and Stamey’s Barbecue Family Restaurant.
BBQ WALL OF FAME
The 2018 Barbecue Wall Of Fame inductees included a few of those restaurants’ founders, like Joe Cope, Jimmy Harvey, and John, Paul Chuck and Jimmy Stogner, known as the Stogner Brothers.
- Wine Garden
- Fine Swine Wine
- BBQ Carnival
- Sand Sculpture
- Arts & Crafts
- BMX Stunt Show
- Antique Car Show
- Corvette Club
- Hogway Speedway
- Lumber Jack Sports Show
- Climbing Wall
- Jump Trampoline
Check It Out: Full-list of Special Attractions and descriptions
TRAVELING BY TRAIN
Festival organizer, Stephanie Saintsing, said over 300 people traveled through Amtrak train to the 2017 Barbecue Festival and organizers expect to exceed that number this year now that there will be a total of 8 train lines that include the festival as a destination.
TAKE THE SHUTTLE
The shuttle will run from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. the cost is $2 for adults and free for children 12 and under at the Lexington Walmart Supercenter (160 Lowes Blvd Lexington NC, Exit 91 off I-85). The other shuttle is from Childress Vineyards (1000 Childress Vineyards Road) and the cost is $3 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under. Park at Childress Vineyards and be shuttled to the festival on a turn of the century trolley! Handicap accessible transportation is available at all locations. Both shuttles will be dropped off at 5th Avenue and South Main Street.
Parking for the Barbecue Festival is located throughout Uptown Lexington in private parking lots. Parking lots are operated by community groups with most charging a daily fee to park. Vehicles parked illegally WILL be towed.
Make sure you know where to go even before you get to the BBQ Festival. Check out the map to help you get around.
WHAT'S NOT ALLOWED AT THE FESTIVAL?
NO animals/pets, NO coolers, NO bicycles/skateboards/scooters/or roller blades, NO radios or amplification, NO distribution of literature or solicitation, ALL bags and persons subject to search.
WHERE ARE RESTROOMS?
The portable restrooms are located at West 2nd Street beside the Police Department, Stage 3 area on West 3rd Street, the square behind the Historic Court House, West 3rd Avenue behind the Pig Themed Sand Sculpture, and East 3rd Avenue near Stage 4.
WHERE CAN I EAT BBQ?
World Famous Lexington Style Barbecue will be served in 3 locations at the festival. The barbecue tents are located at West Center Street, North Main Street, and South Main and 3rd Avenue.
BBQ FESTIVAL HISTORY
Take a trip back in time and learn about Lexington BBQ and how the festival got started!
Looking to do some service before ‘queing it up? Donate blood at the Barbecue Festival Blood Drive hosted by the Red Cross, this year in honor of late former Lexington mayor Richard Thomas.
There’s obviously something for everyone at the 2018 Barbecue Festival, so be sure to add it to your calendar. WFMY News 2 will be there, too!