Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up as a sponsor?
It couldn't be easier. Visit our Sponsors page to get all the info you need.

How do I sign up my cook team?
Visit our Cooks page, and download the Cook Team Brochure. It has a form you can fill out and mail in to us.

Where is Pearson Park in Kinston?
It's where Neuseway Park used to be -- at the corner of Mitchell Street and Gordon Street, along the beautiful Neuse River. 

Some streets are blocked off for the BBQ Festival. How do I navigate downtown?
The festival area and streets are closed to vehicles and parking. Parking is available throughout other areas of downtown Kinston at several public parking lots that are designated with public parking signs. A shuttle bus from Vernon Park Mall (834 Hardee Rd, Kinston) makes continuous loops to transport you to festival grounds.

Is there handicap parking near the festival area?
On Friday and Saturday there will be handicap parking off North Street behind the Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce. On Saturday there will be an additional handicap parking lot on the corner of Queen and Blount Streets.

Are animals and pets allowed at the festival?
No only service animals are allowed at the festival.

What is there to do during the BBQ Festival on the Neuse?
Too much to explain here – that's for sure. That's why we constructed a web page devoted to all the fun activities you can enjoy during the festival. It's the Schedule page. And if you want to have even more fun, then volunteer. All the details are on the Volunteers page.

Can I volunteer to be part of the BBQ Festival on the Neuse Team? How can I find out what's available that might fit my skills?
Just visit the Volunteers page. We have a nifty table of cool projects and activities requiring all kinds of skills throughout the Festival. Find something that looks fun, and contact us at 252-527-1131.

I'd like to sell my wonderful [your cool product here] as a vendor at the Festival.
All the info you need to become an official vendor is available on the Vendor page.

It's a big festival; may I bring my golf cart?
Only festival-authorized golf carts and ATVs are permitted in the festival area. For additional information, call 252-527-1131.

This has been helpful, but I still have a question that hasn't been answered. Who should I call?
Call us! We have lots of answers to questions we haven't posted here. Who knows? Your question might even make it onto this FAQ page. For questions, call 252-527-1131. One of our BBQ Festival on the Neuse experts will help you, whatever the question.

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