KINSTON, N.C. (WITN) - Thousands came out Saturday for the final day of the 35th annual Barbecue Festival on the Neuse.
While many activities have been available throughout the four-day festival in Kinston, many people say they've been waiting for Saturday to enjoy the delicious BBQ.
Long lines could be seen at different BBQ tents as people waited for the chopped BBQ plates.
Kinston residents who talked to WITN's Mackenzie Roberts say they enjoyed the rides, the farmer's market, the artisan booths, and the food.
"Oh, I love BBQ. Eastern North Carolina BBQ is the best so looking forward to some good BBQ," said James Herring.
There was also a sauce boss competition and a southern sides competition throughout the day.
If you were looking for something else to do during the festival, there was an open car and truck show on display.
More than 100 classic cars and trucks sat in the sun for the 4th annual Open Car Show. There were old cars, new cars, big cars, small cars, and many other makes and models to admire.
All of the proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House.
Another big BBQ Festival on the Neuse tradition is to honor outstanding residents who serve the community.
Mayor BJ Murphy and Mayor Pro-Tem Robert Swinson gave away three keys to the city during a special ceremony Saturday afternoon.
Local entrepreneur Tonya Adams, Hallmark Pastor Reverend Julian Pridgen and community advocate, Pastor John Flowers all received the ceremonial key.
"The key to the city is really just symbolic of the role model these citizens have become and wanting other people to watch and see what they've done and maybe model their own behavior after them," said Mayor BJ Murphy. "We're just very thankful for their service to this community."
The recipients are chosen by the current mayor and mayor pro-tem.