Friday, May 4, 2018
Downtown Festival: Shop, Dine & Stroll
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
New for 2018 – While our vendors are setting up the BBQ Festival we will highlight downtown on Friday by offering you the chance to shop, dine and tour in the festival area. Shuttles will stop at the corners of Mitchell and Caswell Streets, Mitchell and Gordon Streets, Mitchell and North Streets, Queen and Caswell, Queen and Blount to shuttle folks to the festival area. Downtown merchants will offer special shopping and dining events and discounts. Register at participating locations to win prizes and gift cards donated by local businesses. Check back often for an updated list of prizes. Drawings will be held during the festival and announced from the stage and on social media. You must register between 9 a.m. and 5 p. m. on Friday, May 4 at participating locations to be eligible to win.
Herritage Street Stage Area
37th annual Wil King Hog Happenin'
Arrival and set-up of cook teams noon • Location: Corner of Caswell and Herritage Streets
Contact: Tammy Kelly, chair, 919-495-1116
First BBQ Beef & Brew
5 p.m.-until * Location: Corner of Herritage and Caswell Streets
Partnering with Mother Earth Brewing and ERA-Kinston Realty Group, we’re offering the same great grass-fed, farm-raised beef you love, now in a BBQ Beef sandwich. The beef is slow cooked, chopped and sauced with Bar-B-Que Beast Sauce. You have asked to taste the winning sauces from the Sauce Boss Competition….here’s your chance! Bar–B-Que Beast BBQ Sauces hold the title for winning the BBQ Fest Sauce Boss Professional Competition over the past 3 years. Look for Bar-B-Que Beast Sauce for sale at their vendor booth at the festival. Delicious sweet potato fries and ice-cold drinks are also available to compliment this BBQ treat! Toppings and sauce are available to take your dinner to the next level.
Thank you to our BBQ, Beef & Brew sponsors:
Mother Earth Brewing
ERA-Kinston Realty Group
Bar-B-Que Beast, LLC
Canteen Vending Services
Westminster United Methodist Church
Pat and Kendall Hill
Kinston-Lenoir County Parks and Recreation Department
Kinstonian Family Restaurant
Sugar Hill Pizzeria
5-6 p.m. • Location: Herritage Street Main Stage
5-9 p.m. • Location: Lovick’s Café, 320 N. Herritage Street
Festival burgers, hot dogs, fries and more at one of downtown Kinston's most historic restaurants, which recently celebrated 75 years of feeding folks throughout Eastern North Carolina.
The O'Neil Luxury Hotel Lobby Tours
5-9 p.m. • Location: 200 N. Queen Street
The O'Neil Luxury Hotel, winner of the 2015 Historical Restoration Award, is the former Farmer's & Merchant's Bank that has been revitalized after being vacant for 30 years. The O'Neil will host lobby tours every half-hour.
CSS Neuse II
5-10 p.m. • Location: Corner of Gordon and Herritage Streets
5-10 p.m. • Location: Caswell and Herritage Streets near the Farmers Market
Purchase craft beer by the cup.
5-10 p.m. • Location: Herritage Street between Gordon and Caswell Street near the Farmers Market area
Tastings offered by North Carolina wineries; you will love the wines! Purchase your favorite wines to take home or buy them as gifts for your friends and family!
Carolina Classic Cruisers Cruise-In
5-11 p.m. • Location: Herritage and Gordon Streets - entrance Gordon Street
Any classic car owner is invited to show off their vehicle at a free event which includes special festival parking. Contact: Judy Stroud for information 252-939-5295
Mayor’s Golden Key Award Presentation – Mayor Don Hardy
Mayor Don Hardy will present the “Golden Key” Award to a citizen or citizens in the community.
Welcome and introduction of cook teams and sponsors
Chief cook briefing
7 p.m. • Location: Herritage Street Main Stage
Wil King Hog Happenin' cook teams and sponsors will be introduced by Tammy Kelly, Lenoir County Extension Director, Laura Lee Sylvester, President Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce, and Gary Reymer, Director of Assembly from Spirit Aero Systems. Let's make these teams feel welcome and show our support for both teams and sponsors!
Meet Pitmaster Sam Jones’ Restaurant BBQ Pit Crew
7 p.m.-10 p.m. • Location: Herritage Street near Farmers Market
Stop in for a visit as pitmaster Samuel Jones' BBQ Pit Crew cooks up a farm-raised whole hog. Cooked for hours in an oakwood cooker, this hog will become the featured dish to be sopped in mouth-watering barbecue sauces competing in the Sauce Boss Competition Saturday.
7:30 p.m. • Location: Herritage and Caswell Streets Cook Teams in parking lot
Don't miss this fun and entertaining competition: The cook teams go all out to really "put on the hog" as they compete for the showmanship awards in this competition. Past teams have entertained festival attendees with all kinds of themes -- from singing cowboys to gambling pigs -- you won't believe that pig cookin' can be so much fun! A preliminary competition to the "Super Bowl of Swine," the Hog Happenin' will host more than 80 award-winning barbecue cookers. Sanctioned by the North Carolina Pork Council, the Hog Happenin' cookoff is one of the most prestigious barbecue competitions in the state.
For more information, contact Tammy Kelly at 919-495-1116
North Tower Band
7:30 p.m. * Location: Herritage Street Stage
In 1978, Gary Dennis and Doug Manning were playing in a Raleigh based Top 40/Beach Music Band together called Carolina Trace. Gary at the time was also a member of an acappella vocal group at UNC-CH called the North Tower Quartet. With Carolina Trace unable to gain traction and bands capable of doing floor shows at the time having the most success, Gary and Doug decided to form a new band with the bass player and soundman for Carolina Trace, Bill Brooks and Anthony Tart who switched to trumpet and add the guys from the quartet to form a Beach, Top 40 and Show Group.
10 p.m. • Location: Herritage Street and Pearson Park
One of the best fireworks displays in Eastern North Carolina
Pearson Park Stage Area
2-11 p.m. • Location: Pearson Park off of Mitchell Street between Blount Street and French's Lane
Adult and youth rides will be available, including a Ferris wheel, Super Shot Drop Tower, Swing Ride, Dragon Wagon and merry-go-round.
Movie in the Park (sponsored by Kinston-Lenoir County Parks and Recreation Department)
8:30 p.m.: The Nut Job 2
Blount Street Stage Area
5-9 p.m. • Location: Building on corner of Blount and Herritage Streets (indoor market) and Herritage Street (outside market)
Enjoy the indoor art market, offering beautiful works of art from painting to pottery and sculptures to scarves. Don't miss this great shopping experience! Also, see the Plein Air Exhibit and Sales
5-9 p.m. • Location: Herritage Street near Blount Street
Come on down to Herritage Street and release the artist within, paint a pre-designed canvas depicting the festival and downtown scenes. The completed works of art will be on display in the weeks after the festival in downtown Kinston. All ages are welcome to participate.
Find a Hog Bot!
5-9 p.m. • Location: Throughout the ArtsFest area and Herritage Street
Search for the Hog Bots! Find cute little Hog Bots hidden throughout the ArtsFest area to claim great prizes; you even get to keep your Hog Bot! Hog Bots are handmade by local artists and sponsored by The Overland Gallery and Community Council For the Arts.
Social House Vodka Garden
6-10 p.m. Location: Corner of Blount and Mitchell Street
Mill’s International Vintage Tractor Show and Hayride
Time: TBA Location: Corner of Mitchell and Blount Streets
SmART Kinston Art Tours
Come and check out the working studios of local artists on Saturday - painting, photography, pottery, metal art, and more. These open studios are located in the “rainbow-colored” mill houses in Kinston’s Arts & Cultural District, just steps away from BBQ Fest. Check out the map and schedule at www.kinstonarts.com to design your self-guided studio tour.
Live Entertainment: Roman Sams
7 p.m.-9p.m. * Location: Blount Street Stage
North Street Stage Area
Herritage and North Streets
5-11 p.m. • Location: Herritage and North Streets
Squeal with delight as you peruse through more than 150 vendors in our Vendor's Market!
From mouthwatering sweet treats to personalized T-shirts and hot shades, you are sure to find something to "pig out" on, enjoy or take home!
Live Entertainment at The Red Room
10 p.m.-2 a.m. - The Roman Sams