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Barbecue Menu

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  • Tent locations: West Center St. ~ North Main St. ~ S. Main St. & 3rd Ave.
  • Featuring: Chopped Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Pigtail Fries
  • Pepsi booths are located throughout the Festival featuring your favorite Pepsi products.

Wine Garden

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  • Plan to stop by the Barbecue Festival Wine Garden presented by Our State Magazine and sponsored by Kinetic by Windstream . Admission tickets will go on sale October 2! Admission will include a commemorative glass and access to upscale restrooms. Wine will be for sale by the glass & bottle.
  • Sit back, relax and enjoy great live music from Stage 4.
  • Hosted by the Tourism-Recreation Investment Partnership for Davidson County.

Fine Swine Wine

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  • In celebration of Lexington's barbecue heritage and the city's annual Barbecue Festival, nationally renowned artist Bob Timberlake and legendary NASCAR team owner Richard Childress joined forces to create a wine especially for barbecue.
  • Crafted by award-winning winemaker Mark Friszolowski, the sixteenth edition of Fine Swine Wine is making its debut at the 37th Annual Barbecue Festival to satisfy the demand of those who appreciate fine food and wine pairings! A portion of the profits will be donated to the Barbecue Festival in memory of festival founder, Kay K. Saintsing.
  • While at the festival, please plan to stop by the Childress Vineyards booth, located at the square, where Bob Timberlake will be on hand from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. to sign bottles of Fine Swine Wine purchased that morning.

Barbecue Carnival

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Family Fun Area. South Main St. between 2nd & 4th Avenue

  • Stage 5 (Children's Stage)
  • Festival "Chop Shop" & Lumberjack Show
  • Hogway Speedway Racing Pigs
  • Rides, Games, Food & Fun
  • Infant Changing Area & Mother's Nursing Station sponsored by Halyard Health
  • RAM Truck Exhibit
  • Festival Photo Booth

21st Pig-Themed Sand Sculpture

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  • The "Pig Themed" sand sculpture, sponsored by Lexington Utilities & ElectriCities, has become one of our most popular attractions!
  • The 50-ton sculpture will begin taking shape eight days prior to the festival and will be completed on festival day. Don't miss this awesome special attraction, located on Main Street, between 2nd & 3rd Avenue.

Juried Arts & Crafts

  • Carolane Propane Gas of Lexington has joined with the Barbecue Festival to produce the Juried Arts and Crafts Section.
  • More than 50 talented artisans have been accepted into this special section of the festival located on South Main Street between 1st and 3rd Avenues. Be sure to visit these booths as well as the hundreds of other talented vendors located throughout Uptown Lexington.

2019 Juried Show & Appearance Show Winners

BMX Stunt Show 209 N. Main Street

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  • King BMX Stunt Shows will once again add to the festival excitement by performing 4 thirty-minute bicycle shows.
  • Each show will provide the audience with exciting stunt performances and will also include an appropriate talk about safety gear and it’s importance in bicycle riding. After each show the riders will be available for the spectators to get autographs and meet their favorite riders.
  • Shows will begin at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.

Antique Car Show N. Main St. between 3rd & 4th St

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  • The Furnitureland Antique Car Club will be hosting an Open car show competition in the Davidson Funeral Home Parking lot. A portion of the proceeds from the car show will benefit a local charity. The car show is sponsored by Energy United.
  • For more information, contact Jack Harris at 336-887-7524 .

Hogway Speedway. N. Main St. & 3rd St

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  • Racing pigs will be a major attraction as they return to the Barbecue Festival! Specially bred and trained, these fleet footed racing pigs bolt from the starting gate at the sound of the bell and race around an oval track with ears laid back, stubby legs churning and curly tails sailing along behind.
  • This event is certain to attract a crowd! Races will be held throughout the day.

Check out the Corvettes! 1st Avenue

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Clubvette, one of the largest corvette clubs in the U.S.A., and Generation Vettes, will be displaying corvettes from all vintages during the festival. Be sure to stop by W.1st Avenue during the festival to see the amazing VETTES!

Festival Chop Shop-Lumberjack Sports Show!

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Located in Grass Lot between 3rd & 4th Ave. in Carnival/Family Area

  • Plan to visit one of the festival's best attractions! With six different events to hold your interest, the contestants will be divided into heats and then finals as these great athletes chop and saw their way through timber that would make Paul Bunyan think twice.
  • The South Atlantic Woodman's Association will be bringing some of the world's best competitors to the "Barbecue Festival Chop Shop". From traditional chopping events including the underhand and standing block chops, where these tough lumberjacks will use six and a half pound, razor sharp axes to blast their way through 12 inch logs... to the old time sawing events such as theTwo Man, Jack & Jill and Single Handed Sawing, where the really big logs are cut with saws sharpened like our grandparents could only dream about... and to the modern day chain saws, which are super modified to the point where they would make a Nascar driver green with envy.
  • These events will amaze all audience members. Plan to catch the one hour shows at 12:00 & 2:00 then the finals at 4:00

Barbecue Festival Blood Drive

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In Memory of Charles & Julia England

YMCA, 119 W. 3rd Ave

  • Held by the Red Cross and the Lexington Community at the YMCA (119 W. 3rd Ave)
  • Saturday, October 24, 2020
  • 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • For an appointment, please visit redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor keyword “BBQ Festival” Or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Kids' Casting Competition. East 1st Street

Presented by Davidson County Bassmasters

Mountain Challenge Climbing Wall. West 1st Street

The Official Festival Restaurants are now sponsoring the Mountain Challenge Climbing Wall. The 32 foot climbing wall will feature the ultimate rock climbing experience next to nature itself! Don’t miss this opportunity to test your climbing ability on the largest mobile climbing wall in the Carolinas.

Stage 3 Hospitality Garden

300 N. Main Street
Be sure to stop by the Hospitality Garden adjacent to Stage 3...the stage & hospitality garden are located in the parking lot of Sam's Car Wash at 300 North Main Street.. Enjoy your favorite Anheuser-Busch beverages, and some great entertainment, too!

Power Jump Trampoline

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Corner of N. Main & 3rd St. /BB&T Parking Lot

  • Don't miss this exciting opportunity to see the festival from new heights while jumping on a Quad Bungee Trampoline!
  • The bungee jump phenomenon has been a tremendous attraction throughout the world and, while at the Barbecue Festival, participants of all ages (30 lbs to 180 lbs) will have the chance to enjoy the unique adrenaline rush that the experience offers.
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