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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.

Cork & Craft Hospitality Garden

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  • Plan to stop by the Barbecue Festival Cork & Craft Hospitality Garden. Admission tickets will go on sale in October! Admission will include a commemorative glass and access to upscale restrooms.
  • Sit back, relax and enjoy great live music from the Amphitheater Stage.
  • Hosted by the Tourism-Recreation Investment Partnership for Davidson County.
Featured participants:
Old Homeplace Vineyard
Childress Vineyards
Curran Alexander
Douglas Vineyards
Bull City Ciderworks
Goose and the Monkey Brew House

Interested in bringing your wine or craft beverage to the hospitality garden?
Space is limited.
Please send an e-mail to info@thebarbecuefestival.com. Cheers!
Old Homeplace Vineyard
Douglas Vineyards
Childress Vineyards
Curran Alexander
Bull City Ciderworks
Goose and the Monkey Brewhouse

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 eighteenth edition of Fine Swine Wine is making its debut at the 38th 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's co-founders, Kay K. Saintsing and Joe Sink, Jr.
  • While at the festival, please plan to stop by the Childress Vineyards booth, located at the square to purchase a commemorative bottle of Fine Swine Wine.

Barbecue Carnival

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

  • Children's Stage
  • Dinosaur Exhibit & Stage Show sponsored by Kinetic
  • Inflatables and Games
  • Champion Chainsaw Carving by Nature's Wonderland Woodcarvings
  • Purina Incredible Dog Team Shows
  • Infant Changing Area & Mother's Nursing Station sponsored by Halyard Health
  • RAM Truck Exhibit
  • Festival ZimZoom Photo Booth

Kidzone Fun!

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💥The Caswell Bounce House is excited to be part of the 2022 Lexington BBQ Festival. All-day wristbands and 🎟️ will be available for the Kidzone. The Kidzone will include our 73 ft Everest Obstacle Course, 22 ft slide, several popular bounce houses including Mickey and Cars, 🪓 Throwing and other games for all ages to enjoy. 💥

Dinosaur Show

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Located in the Family Fun area on South Main St. between 3rd & 4th Avenue.

"Ed's Dinosaurs Live" is a fun, family-friendly, interactive show for kids of all ages. Singing, dancing dinosaurs, and if the kids aren't careful, they just might learn something.

Join us for more fun than you have had in 65 1/2 million years! Ed's Dinosaurs Live! The Greatest Dinosaur Show on Earth!

There will be four shows during the festival: 10:30AM, 12:30PM, 2:30PM, 4:30PM

The shows are proudly sponsored by Kinetic.

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

  • More than 50 talented artisans have been accepted into the Juried Arts & Crafts 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.

Entryway by the Master Gardener Volunteers

Special thanks to the Master Gardener Volunteers for creating a beautiful entryway to the festival at the shuttle drop-off/pick-up location near E. 5th Avenue & Main.

Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers

Since 1979, North Carolina Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers (EMGVs) have been leaders in this internationally acclaimed program, guiding homeowners in making environmentally sound decisions in their landscapes. Trained by North Carolina State University faculty and staff, EMGVs provide research-based information about gardening and environmental stewardship to individuals and communities across the state. EMGVs engage the community through education and outreach on a wide variety of subjects and through a broad spectrum of projects, all designed to maximize their impact.

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 Cruise-In

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  • The Barbecue Festival will host a Cruise-In during the festival 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.
  • Located in the Davidson Funeral Home Parking Lot on North Main St. between 3rd & 4th St.
  • Open to all antique and special interest cars and trucks. No motorcycles.
  • Limited to the first 65 vehicles. No pre-registration.
  • $15 Entry fee payable upon arrival, all fees donated to a local charity.
  • Vehicles should arrive between 8 AM - 10 AM.
  • Prizes will be awarded for Oldest Vehicle, Best Modified, Best Rat Rod, Best Special Interest, Best Original Antique
  • No "For Sale" Signs, No Soliciting, No Free Advertising
  • Directions: Access the cruise-in parking lot from N. Salisbury Street, at the rear entrance of funeral home.
  • For more information, contact Jack Harris at 336-887-7524 or 336-888-8211 (cell)

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!

Barbecue Festival Blood Drive

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YMCA, 119 W. 3rd Ave

  • Held by the Red Cross and the Lexington Community at the YMCA (119 W. 3rd Ave)
  • Saturday, October 22, 2022
  • 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • For an appointment, please visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor keyword “BBQ Festival” Or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Purina Incredible Dog Team Shows

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Don't miss your chance to see the Purina Incredible Dog Team at the festival. The performances are 20-30 minutes long with a meet & greet after each show. Each performance has frisbee, agility, tricks and crowd participation. the shows are family-friendly and high-energy!

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!
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