05/20/2024
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The Town of Elizabethtown invites the public to the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market for the 4th Annual Pork & Beats Festival being held this weekend.

According to Wholehogbarbecue.com, up to twenty-five (25) teams will compete for cash prizes and trophies in this whole hog event, sanctioned by the North Carolina Pork Council. The entry fee will be $100 per team.

  • NC Judging: 1st place – $1,000; 2nd place – $750; 3rd place $500
  • Blind Taste Judging: 1st place – $300; 2nd place – $200; 3rd place – $100
  • Best BBQ Sauce: 1st place – $200; 2nd place – $100; 3rd place – $50

The site states, “Our festival attendees are in for a great time on Friday night with the “Best BBQ Sauce” competition that any can enter, a variety of food trucks and music by the band, 87 & Pine; and then on Saturday we will have children’s activities, crafts, vendors, food trucks and music by the Black Water Rhythm and Blues Band!”

The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Director, Terri Dennison, announced instructions for vendors.

Craft and Informational Vendor will set-up from 7:30 am until 9 am on Saturday. Spaces are first come, first placed. There will be no spaces will be assigned. Vendors will be in the parking lot of the Farmers Market and then along King Street.

Dennison provided a diagram for the vendors. See diagram below.

There will be road closed for the festival according to Dennison. King Street from Martin Luther King to Pine Street will be closed to traffic. Martin Luther King from Broad Street to King Street will be partially closed to traffic.

Dennison stated, “It looks like good weather.” Attendance is expected to be historical for this festival.

The BBQ Plate sales will begin at 11 am and will cost $8.00. There will be a few food vendors selling “anything but pork” as well.

Blackwater will play from 1 until 4 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

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