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Elizabethtown, N.C. – June 19, 2024 – The Town of Elizabethtown is excited to announce the inaugural Smithfield Cup, a thrilling BBQ festival set to take place on Sunday, October 13th, in historic Elizabethtown. This event promises to be a showdown of BBQ supremacy, featuring pitmaster teams from North Carolina and South Carolina.

Hosted at the award-winning Cape Fear Distillery, the Smithfield Cup will offer attendees a unique experience of barbecue sampling with various Smithfield pork products. Participating teams will vie for the coveted People’s Choice Award and the prestigious Smithfield Cup trophy, which will be displayed in the winning team’s respective state for the year.

In addition to the barbecue competition, the festival will feature samplings of BBQ sauces and rubs, live entertainment, displays of vintage cars, and opportunities for liquor and beer sampling. Families can enjoy a dedicated kids’ zone and more surprises throughout the day.

“We invite businesses and community members to consider becoming sponsors for this exciting event,” said Terri Dennison, event organizer. “Your support will help make the Smithfield Cup a memorable celebration of BBQ culture and culinary skill.”

For tickets and additional details about the Smithfield Cup, please visit www.smithfieldcup.com. Sponsorship information can be obtained by contacting Terri Dennison at 910-874-1274 or Dave Droschak at 919-630-6656.

Dave Droschak, who is also scheduled to speak at the June Members Meeting on Tuesday, June 25th, will be available to discuss sponsorship opportunities and event details.

*The Town of Elizabethtown is assisting with this event. For more information, please contact Terri Dennison at 910-874-1274 or Dave Droschak at 919-630-6656.

When first published, the BladenOnline team incorrectly named the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce as also being a point of contact for the event.

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