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Featured Event: 3rd Annual “Kings of Q BBQ Cook-off & Festival” in Downtown Ayden, NC 28513

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Downtown Ayden, North Carolina. 28513
This 3rd Annual “Kings of Q” BBQ Cook-off has been declared a North Carolina State BBQ Championship by the governor & is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), the world’s largest organization of BBQ & grilling enthusiasts with over 20,000 members worldwide. “Kings of Q” event also qualifies for The Old North State BBQ Series. Competitors & KCBS judges from across the nation will come to Ayden to compete & judge in categories of chicken, pork ribs, pork shoulder & beef brisket for a $10,000.00 purse awarded Saturday afternoon. The forest Ivan is a family friendly event with nightly entertainment on the main stage, amusement rides & games, food vendors, commercial booths and arts & crafts. This BBQ Cook-off & Festival is to promote BBQ excellence, encourage competitive team spirit and enhancing tourism as an initiative for economic development in Ayden and surrounding communities. The BBQ Cook-off is named in honor of the two local “Kings of Q”, Latham “Bum” Dennis and the late Pete Jones with both families running successful BBQ restaurants (Bum’s Restaurant and Skylight Inn) in Ayden and share family history as being descendants of Stilton Dennis. The Dennis family history stakes claim to the nation’s 1st commercial BBQ establishment in 1830, when Skelton Dennis is said to have sold pit-cooked hog meat & cornbread out of a wagon in a community named Otter Town, the present Town of Ayden.

Friday, May 18th - Saturday, May 19th, 2018
Friday, 4pm - 11pm & Saturday, 8am - 11am

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Publicity - Laura Todd 252.746.2266 ;
Event Organizer - Stephen Smith. 252.481.5827;
Event Sponsorship Inquiries contact Kim Bell at;

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