"Kings of Q" BBQ Cook-off and Festival kicks off Friday

AYDEN, PITT COUNTY (WITN) - The "Kings of Q" BBQ Cook-Off and Festival is returning to downtown Ayden this weekend.

The BBQ cook-off and festival scheduled to kick off on Friday, May 19th with the winners crowned on Saturday, May 20th.

Barbecue competitors will arrive in Ayden from several states on Friday as the competition gets underway.

Visitors are welcome to come out and visit the teams competing, enjoy rides, the beer garden and live music beginning Friday afternoon at 4 p.m.

The festival will pick back up on Saturday at 8 a.m. and will run till 11 p.m.

Those wanting to get involved in the judging process are able to pay $10 to try ten different team's meat then put their votes in for the "People Choice Award." Judging for this award will begin Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at Ayden Christian Church.

Contestants will be competing for $10,000 in prizes and bragging rights.

The cook-off sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.

Below is the full schedule for the full weekends activities:

Friday, May 19, 2017
4:00 pm to 11:00 pm - Rides, Vendors, and Crafts open
4:00 pm to 11:00 pm - Beer Garden: Cindirene's, 559 3rd St.
4:00 pm to 10:00 pm - Self-Guided Tour of BBQ Village – See brochure map
7:00 pm to 11:00 pm - LIVE MUSIC: Jupiter Jones, West Avenue Stage

​Saturday, May 20, 2017
8:00 am to 11:00 pm - Rides, Vendors, and Crafts open, West Avenue, 2nd St. @ Ayden Christian Church
8:00 am to 11:00 am - Self-Guided Tour of BBQ Village, Watch the cook teams in action!
12:00 pm - Sudan Shriners Parade (follows Collard Festival parade route)
11:00 am - People's Choice Voting begins, 462 2nd St.
12:00 pm to 11:00 pm - Beer Garden: Cindirene's, 559 3rd St.
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm - LIVE MUSIC: Various artists, West Avenue Stage
1:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Car Cruise – East Avenue
5:00 pm - "Kings of Q" Awards Ceremony, West Avenue Stage
7:00 pm to 11:00 - LIVE MUSIC: Kacey Tyndall, West Avenue Stage

WITN is a proud sponsor of the "Kings of Q" BBQ Cook-off and Festival.

For more information, please visit: http://www.aydenbbq.org/