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By Erin Smith

Organizers of the second annual Pork & Beats Festival deemed the event a success on Saturday.

Mike Shaw, one of the many organizers, said, “I couldn’t be happier with the turn out we have had.”

Shaw said the festival has grown and this year, there were 11 entries in the Barbecue Cook Off. The top three were: Mike Sasser and boys in first place, Charles Ray Peterson in second place, and Rudy Lennon in third place.

Shaw said 30 vendors were set up throughout the day offering all manner of jewelry, hand made crafts, clothing and unique finds.

Dance Infinity showed off their dance skills while Neil Smith and Crosstalk entertained the crowd with southern Gospel music.

The Baldwin Branch Male Chorus also performed several Gospel favorites.

Bladen County favorite Blackwater Rhythm and Blues took to the stage at 4 pm. They entertained the crowd with Beach Music and soul.

Shaw said the committee could not put together the event without the support of the Elizabethtown Town Board.

“I thank the town for all of their support,” said Shaw.

Mayor Sylvia Campbell thanked Shaw for bringing the event to Elizabethtown.

Shaw said he hopes next year’s event will be even bigger. Plans are under way for the third annual event.



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