Saturday, May 5, 2018

Lovick's Café 
6 a.m.-7 p.m. • Location: Lovick’s Café, Herritage Street
Doughburger, Home Fries, Country Ham Delight and Sausage Delight!
Visit http://lovickscafe.com/ for more information!

Herritage Street Stage AREA

 Kermit's Revenge 2017

Kermit's Revenge 2017

Hog Happenin' Breakfast for Cook Teams
6:45 a.m. / sponsored by McDonald's Restaurants
Tammy Kelly, chairperson

On-site judging of BBQ
8 a.m.-until • Location: Herritage Stage Area

Opening ceremony
9 a.m. • Location: Herritage Street stage
Presentation of the Colors: Vietnam Veterans Ceremonial Guards
Master of Ceremony: Michael Tribula
Table of Remembrance Ceremony: Eric Cantu
National Anthem: Abby Sumner
Welcome: Mayor Pro Tem Felicia Solomon
Contact: Eric Cantu, 252-560-8031

Open Car & Truck Show
Registration: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. • Awards: 3 p.m., at the Car Show Stage
History comes rolling in as more than 180 classic cars and trucks roll in to the festival for the Sale Auto Mall Fifth Annual Open Car Show. Hosted by Carolina Classic Cruisers and the BBQ Festival on the Neuse, the show is a rolling history lesson for all to experience! Proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House.

The O'Neil Luxury Hotel lobby tours
9 a.m.-4 p.m. • Location: 200 N. Queen Street
The O'Neil Luxury Hotel, winner of the 2015 Historical Restoration Award, will host lobby tours every half-hour.

Best of the Best Tasting
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. • Location: the corner of Caswell and Herritage Streets
You asked for it, and we’ve got it! Each year requests are made to sample the winning teams’ cooked pork. This year, you can! We will have 3 state whole-hog champions and
4 local BBQ Fest on the Neuse champions opening up their grills for tasting. Wristbands
will be on sale beginning at 10:30 am at the Caswell Street  and Farmer's Market sites.

After the judging of the hogs is finished, whole-hog championship winners will let you taste
their hogs. Best of the Best wristbands cost $10 and a combination of Best of the Best and
Sauce Boss costs $15. You can purchase a wristband at the Caswell Street site and use it at
the 1 p.m. Best of the Best Tasting at the Farmer's Market or the Best of the Best Tasting at the
Blount Street Stage area.

Farmer's Market
10 a.m.-4 p.m. • Location: Lenoir County Farmer's Market, 100 N. Herritage Street
From food trucks, Got to be NC Vendors, local farmers and celebrity guests, the
Southern Sugary Bakery Girls Angie and Christin,
Fred Thompson and Jamie DeMent will be at the Farmers Market from
11 a.m.-4 p.m.

 Lucy Daley

Lucy Daley

Live Entertainment: Lucy Daley
10 a.m. • Location: Herritage Street Stage

CSS Neuse II Living History Event
10 a.m.-5 p.m. • Location: Corner of Gordon and Herritage Streets
Guided tours offered during the festival.

Mother Earth Beer Garden
10 a.m.-6 p.m. • Location: Caswell and Herritage Streets near the
Farmer's Market
Purchase craft beer by the cup.

Wine Garden
10 a.m.-6 p.m. • Location: Between Gordon and Herritage Streets near the Farmers Market
 Come experience some of the best wines that North Carolina has to offer. 

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CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center special event (FREE ENTRY DAY)
10 a.m.-6 p.m. • Location: 100 N. Queen Street (Corner of Queen Street and Caswell Street)
Food, fun, special events and history will take over the town during the Kinston BBQ Fest! In addition to classic cars and barbecue, see some of the period physician’s tools at a free medical program at the CSS Neuse.

Vendor's Market
10 a.m.-6 p.m. • Location: Gordon, Mitchell, North and Herritage Streets
and in Pearson Park
Squeal with delight as you peruse through more than 100 vendor's items
available in the Vendors Market! From mouthwatering sweet treats to personalized
T-shirts and hot sunshades you are sure to find something to "pig out" on, enjoy
or take home! Just look for the boat and you will find the Vendor Market on Gordon,
Mitchell, North and Herritage Streets and in the park.

First Battle of Kinston Battlefield tour
11 a.m. • Location: 100 N. Queen St.
Tour bus will leave from in front of the CSS Neuse Interpretive Center.
Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time for the bus to leave.
Limited seating. Reservations recommended. Call 252-468-1424.

 Southern Sugar Bakery Girls

Southern Sugar Bakery Girls

BBQ plates and sandwiches for sale
11 a.m.-until sold out (usually early sell out)
BBQ plates: $8
BBQ sandwiches: $4
Ribs: $10 - Very limited quantity! Come early!
• Corner of Herritage and Caswell Streets: BBQ plates, ribs, sandwiches and beverages
• BBQ to-go: Vernon Park Mall, BBQ plates and sandwiches

Southern Sugar Bakery
11 a.m.-2 p.m. • Location: Lenoir County Farmers Market
We are excited to welcome back Southern Sugar Bakery to the festival. If you enjoyed seeing the ladies from Southern Sugar Bakery on the Today Show, come meet them in person at the festival! Their specialties are custom decorated sugar cookies and custom cookie cakes. Each cookie is a work of art….and good doesn’t begin to describe them. Angie and Christin will be doing
special cookie decorating demos at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Farmers Market.

 Jamie DeMent

Jamie DeMent

Meet food writer Jamie DeMent
11 a.m.-2 p.m. • Location: Lenoir County Farmers Market
Jamie DeMent was raised in Eastern North Carolina. As she saw family farms disappearing and industrialized farming taking over, she searched for ways to revive the simplicity of eating healthy, locally grown food. In 2001, after completing her degree in Southern History and African American Studies at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, she became a Legislative Aid for Representative Brad Miller on Capitol Hill, then was a Director of Special Projects for the NC Museum of Natural Sciences where she supported fundraising efforts for the Nature Research Center. DeMent left the Museum to join Richard Holcomb at Coon Rock Farm. Jamie’s days are spent writing about food and farming and planting, harvesting, cooking and selling products from her farm. Jamie’s first cookbook, The Farmhouse Chef: Recipes and Stories from My Carolina Farm, was published in Fall 2017 by UNC Press. 

 Fred Thompson

Fred Thompson

Meet food writer Fred Thompson
11 a.m.-2 p.m. • Location: Lenoir County Farmers Market
Fred is the author of 10 cookbooks and will be featuring two of those books at the BBQ Festival: "Southern Sides: 250 Dishes That Really Make the Plate" and "Kamado Grill Cookbook: Foolproof Techniques for Smoking & Grilling". In addition to his cookbooks, Fred will tempt our palates with samples of sides and will entertain you with stories of all kinds. Fred writes a column, "The Weekend Gourmet," for the News and Observer of Raleigh and is the publisher of "Edible Piedmont," a magazine about foods from the piedmont to the coast.

Dance Etc. performance
12 p.m. • Location: Herritage Street Stage
Award-winning performances by dancers from Dance Etc.

2018 BBQ Festival on the Neuse, Hog Happenin’ Awards Presentation
1:15 p.m. • Location: Herritage Street Stage
Announcement of the 2018 BBQ Festival on the
Neuse Hog Happenin’ Cook off and Showmanship Awards

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Sauce Boss Competition and the Best of the Best
1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. • Location: Herritage Street Stage area, Pearson Park
You have asked for it! This is your opportunity to taste the BBQ just as the judges taste it! This tasting will feature cooks that have won not only the BBQ Fest on the Neuse Hog Happenin’ but several of them have moved on to become winners on the State level! Purchase a wrist band and taste “whole hog” bbq cooked overnight here at the festival and sauced with each cooks own sauce. Coming soon: A list of the Award winning Chief Cooks to be featured in this tasting event!
More than $500 in prize money to be awarded!
Take home "Sauce Boss" bragging rights as "Our State" magazine and
Skylight Inn sponsor the fifth annual Sauce Boss Competition!
A distinguished panel of judges will choose the award-winning sauce!
Festival attendees have an opportunity to sample the sauces and vote for
the People's Choice Award by purchasing a $8 Sauce Boss wristband or a
$10 Best of the Best wristband or a $15 combination of both. Buy your tickets
in advance by calling the Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce at
252-527-1131. Enter your killer sauce for only a $20 entry fee!
Ready to enter? Enter online using our form, or by calling 252-527-1131.

 Clyde Mattocks

Clyde Mattocks

Live Entertainment: Billy Lyerly and Clyde Mattocks (Original Super Grit Cowboy Band)
2 p.m. • Location: Herritage Street Stage

Battle of Wyse Fork tour
2 p.m. • Location: 100 N. Queen St.
Tour bus will leave from in front of the CSS Neuse Interpretive Center. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time for the bus to leave.
Limited seating. Reservations recommended. Call 252-468-1424.

Hugo Volunteer Fire Department Great Neuse River Rubber Duck Race
3:30 p.m. • Location: Riverfront by the Farmers Market
All prizes are donated by local Kinston merchants.
Contact: TBA

Sauce Boss Awards Presentation
3:45 p.m. • Location: Herritage Street Stage Area

 Dakota Blue

Dakota Blue

Live Entertainment: Dakota Blue
4 p.m. • Location: Herritage Street Stage
Dakota Blue is an American Country rock/Southern rock band from Snow Hill.
Their music reflects the vast array of musical influences from Pearl Jam to Waylon,
from the Eagles to Travis Tritt.

WRNS DJ Cadillac Jack
5:30 p.m. • Location: Herritage Street Stage

Pearson Park Stage AREA

StoryWalk
All day throughout the festival
Located within Pearson Park along the Riverwalk path, StoryWalk promotes
family engagement and physical movement with a primary focus on young children
developing literacy skills that will future enhance their school success.

Start at the playground.

Mooves Dance Studio
10 a.m.-11 a.m. Location: Pearson Park Stage
Enjoy watching area dancers perform their competition numbers.

4-H Kids Fest
10 a.m.-6 p.m. • Location: Pearson Park

Vendor's Market
10 a.m.-6 p.m. • Location: Gordon, Mitchell, North and
Herritage Streets and in Pearson Park
Squeal with delight as you peruse through more than 100 vendor's
items available in the Vendors Market! From mouthwatering sweet treats
to personalized T-shirts and hot sunshades you are sure to find something
to "pig out" on, enjoy or take home! Just look for the boat and you will find the
Vendor Market on Gordon, Mitchell, North and Herritage Streets and in the park.

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Amusement Rides
Unlimited Rides for $22 or $20 with a $5 off discount coupon.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. • Location: Pearson Park off of Mitchell Street
Both adult and youth rides will be available, including a Ferris wheel,
Super Shot Drop Tower, Swing Ride, Dragon Wagon and merry-go-round.
Carnival rides are presented by Inner’s Amusements, a family-owned amusement company that has been in operation since 1909 and has a variety of carnival rides providing fun for the entire family.

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TAPS Jazz Concert – Community Council for the Arts Jazz Band
11 a.m. Location: Pearson Park Stage

Church of Faith and Deliverance Choir
12 p.m. • Location: Pearson Park Stage

Lessette – Gospel Recording Artist
1 p.m. Location: Pearson Park Stage
Lessette is a passionate singer and songwriter that loves sharing
Christ to the world. Her objective is to transcend all barriers
ministering healing to the wounded soul, and you are invited to
listen to her inspiring voice!

 Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights

Live Entertainment: Jackson Heights Band
2-4 p.m. • Location: Pearson Park Stage
The name Jackson Heights is a new name to the Christian Music
scene but the band has a rich history. The band was made up of
vocals, key boards, drums, bass guitar, lead guitar, steel guitar and
acoustic guitars. This live music with a progressive country sound
was a new beginning for the Christian music market. It was known as
Christian country!.

Live Entertainment: Jillian Wilson
4 p.m. • Location: Pearson Park Stage

 Jillian Wilson

Jillian Wilson

 

 

 

Blount Street Stage AREA

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Kinston Pickers - Pride of Kinston
9 a.m.-6 p.m. • Location: 300 block of North Queen Street
Pickers are coming to downtown Kinston! A good old fashioned, all day long, honest to goodness flea market of real treasures for collectors, hoarders, hipsters, and just plain ol’ gawkers. Vendors check back soon for all the information you need to sell your stuff and have some fun doing it. The rest of you, check it out while you are pigging out at the BBQ Fest. See you in Kinston.   

 

Arts Market
10 a.m.-6 p.m. • Location: Corner of Blount and Herritage Streets
Enjoy the Arts Market, which offers beautiful works of art from painting to pottery and sculptures to scarves. Don't miss this great shopping experience! Plus, see the Plein Air Exhibit and Sales.

ArtsFest
10 a.m.-6 p.m. • Location: Corner of Blount and Herritage Streets and Gordon Street into Pearson Park
Come down to Riverwalk and release the ARTist within by painting a predesigned canvas depicting the festival and downtown scenes. The completed works of art will be on display for weeks after the festival in downtown Kinston. ALL ages are welcomed to participate. Discover the artist in family as your child creates works of art during the festival at the Community Council for the Arts Art Tent! 

 Hog Bots

Hog Bots

Find a Hog Bot!
10 a.m.-6 p.m. • Location: Festival area
Find cute little Hog Bots hidden throughout the Art Fest area to claim great prizes! You even get to keep your Hog Bot! Each Hog Bot will be marked with the location where a prize can be claimed. Hog Bots are handmade by local artists and sponsored by ART 105 and Community Council For the Arts.

SmART Kinston Art Tours
10 a.m.-6 p.m. 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.

Antique Tractor Club of Carolinas and Mills International, Inc.
Vintage Tractor Show and Hayride
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Location: Blount Street between Mitchell and
North Streets

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Saturday Seafood Fry
11 a.m.-until • Location: Reynolds Seafood, 336 N. Herritage St.

Social House Vodka Garden
12 p.m.-6 p.m. Location: Blount Street between Mitchell and
North Streets

Happenings in the Garden: Come and Get It! Join Social House Vodka in our Garden where you will meet Pitmaster Sam Jones' BBQ Pit Crew and Pitmaster Ed Mitchell and sample their BBQ from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. And don't miss out on the live music from Bryan Mayer, The Dew Drops and TrainWreck!
You will also have fun on hayrides from the festival to the Social House Vodka Distillery for a tour!

Meet & Greet Ed Mitchell, "The Pitmaster"
12 p.m.-1 p.m. • Location: Blount Street Stage Area

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Live Entertainment: Bryan Mayer
12 p.m.-2 p.m. Location: Blount Street Stage
With his towering height and powerful voice, Bryan Mayer is
making a BIG impact on the Country music scene. A North Carolina
native, the 6’7” singer/songwriter began his journey in music when he was 13.
The son of a US Marine Corps Colonel and a Navy nurse, while stationed
in Quantico, VA, Bryan was tapped by his middle school music teacher
to play the upright bass in the school band for his already impressive
height of 6’1” in the 7th grade. Although Bryan enjoyed playing the bass,
the lure of the front man aspect and realizing he could sing lead him to pick
up the guitar. After some impromptu performances at keg parties at his house
in college at ECU, Bryan ended up on the Carolina sands of Oak Island, NC.
It was there that he started crafting his style and gutting it out in any
bar, restaurant or party that would hire him. “Everyone would always
tell me that I was gonna make it someday. Some wondered why
I hadn’t already,” says Mayer. “I knew this is what I was put on
earth to do.”

Taste the Best of the Best
1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. • Location: Blount Street Stage area
You have asked for it! BBQ Sampling from renowned Pitmaster Sam Jones' BBQ Pit Crew
and Pitmaster Ed Mitchell. Purchase a wristband that is good for this location and also at the
Herritage Street Stage Area with the award-winning Chef Cooks from previous BBQ Fest
on the Neuse Hog Happenin' competition. Several Chef Cooks have event went on to win
at the State Level!

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Best of the Best Tastings with Pitmaster Sam Jones' BBQ Pit Crew
1:30 p.m.-3 p.m • Location: Blount Street Stage area
BBQ cooked by Pitmaster Samuel Jones' BBQ Pit Crew will be
served near the Social House Garden! The award sponsor, the Jones Family
of the Skylight Inn, has been cooking great BBQ the same way over wood for more
than 150 years!

 Pitmaster Ed Mitchell

Pitmaster Ed Mitchell

Best of the Best Tastings with Pitmaster Ed Mitchell
1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. • Location: Blount Street Stage area
Known as ‘The Pitmaster’ in barbecue circles, Ed Mitchell has been
cooking whole-hog barbecue the traditional way since he was a teenager
in Wilson. A grandson of a small farmer, Ed was surrounded by natural, good-tasting
food as a child. He has rich memories of those taste and times.
For years, his education, military duty, and work with the Ford Motor Company
took him away from Wilson, until he returned in 1990 to help his mother
when his father became ill. Thanks to a chance launch and Ed’s habit-forming
barbecue, Mitchell’s Grocery soon morphed into Mitchell’s Ribs, Chicken & B-B-Q.
As the business grew, so did Ed’s reputation. Acknowledgement of his talents led to
associations with influential writers and historians including Calvin Trillin, John T. Edge,
Peter Kaminsky, and Michael Pollan. Peter Kaminsky, author of Pig Perfect,
in which a chapter is dedicated to Ed’s story, introduced Ed to the superior taste
of free-ranging pigs raised on traditional foods. Ed was convinced that this was
the taste of his youth he’d been searching for. He soon partnered with North Carolina A&T State University’s farm-raised pig program to encourage chefs to support naturally raised pigs.
During this time Ed became a founding pitmaster of the 15th annual Big Apple Block Party.
In 2009, Ed was invited to cook at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City.
A year later, notable food advocate and author Michael Pollan shadowed Ed in preparation
his The New York Times’ best selling book, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation
(Penguin Books, 2013.) Ed was not only featured in the book, but also in the Netflix
original food documentary film, “Cooked.”

 The Dew Drops

The Dew Drops

Live Entertainment: The Dew Drops
2 p.m.-4 p.m. Location: Blount Street Stage
One of the most critically acclaimed country-western bands of the year, The Dew Drops's sound, style, and even look were unabashedly retro. Dressing in old, budget-friendly clothes, the band playes a mixture of classic '50s honky tonk, Western swing, boogie, Bakersfield country, and rockabilly.The group was founded by Kinstonian's Jay Thigpen (Bass & Vocals),Kendall Turnage (Drums),and brothers Jim (Acoustic Guitar & Vocals) and Bob Phillips (Guitar).

Live Entertainment: TrainWreck
4p.m.-6 p.m. Location: Blount Street Stage

 TrainWreck

TrainWreck

 

North Street Stage AREA

Baby Changing Station and Handicapped Bathroom Access
10 a.m.-6 p.m. • Location: Kinston Community Health Center side entrance facing parking lot

 Safe Haven

Safe Haven

Vendor's Market
10 a.m.-6 p.m. • Location: Gordon, Mitchell, North and Herritage Streets and in Pearson Park
Squeal with delight as you peruse through more than 100 vendor's items available in the Vendors Market! From mouthwatering sweet treats to personalized T-shirts and hot sunshades you are sure to find something to "pig out" on, enjoy or take home! Just look for the boat and you will find the Vendor Market on Gordon, Mitchell, North and Herritage Streets and in the park.

 

Model Train Show
10 a.m.-until • Location: Community Council for the Arts

Live Entertainment: Safe Haven
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. • Location: North Street Stage

Brewery tours at Mother Earth Brewing
Tours every hour from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. • Location: 311 N. Herritage St.
Tours and taproom will be open all day.
Contact: Trent Mooring, 252-208-2437

 Wicked Shimmies

Wicked Shimmies

Live Entertainment: Wicked Shimmies
12p.m. to 3 p.m. • Location: North Street Stage

Live Entertainment: Lucy Daley
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. • Location: North Street Stage

Live Entertainment: The Roman Sams
4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. • Location: North Street Stage

Live Entertainment at The Red Room
11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. - Lotus Sun
4 p.m.-8 p.m. - Adam Hill Band

Herritage, Blount, North and Gordon Streets

Vendor's Market
10 a.m.-6 p.m. • Location: Gordon, Mitchell, North and Herritage Streets and in
Pearson Park
Squeal with delight as you peruse through more than 100 vendor's items available
in the Vendors Market! From mouthwatering sweet treats to personalized T-shirts and
hot sunshades you are sure to find something to "pig out" on, enjoy or take home!
Just look for the boat and you will find the Vendor Market on Gordon, Mitchell, North
and Herritage Streets and in the park.

Piggly Wiggly's Mr. Pig
10 a.m.-5 p.m. • Location: Festival grounds
Meet the iconic Mr. Pig!

"Plein Air Paint Out" Awards Ceremony
2 p.m. • Location: Kinston Community Council for the Arts,
Mitchell Street, Pearson Park, downtown Kinston
A Jurors Awards ceremony with an open invitation to the public
awards ceremony and reception and wet paint sale.
Juror is nationally-known plein air artist John Poon (johnpoon.com).
Poon lives and works full time in Utah as an artist.
For more information and registration, please visit KinstonCCA.com

Vernon Park Mall

To Go BBQ for Sale
11 a.m. until sold out

FREE parking and shuttle Saturday from Vernon Park Mall (834 Hardee Rd) to BBQ Fest.
Shuttle will leave from four locations at the mall from 8:30a.m.- 7:30p.m.
Folding strollers are welcome.

Festival parking and shuttles
The festival area and streets are closed to vehicles and parking. Parking is in the former J.C. Penney parking lot at Vernon Park Mall. Shuttles will pick up visitors every 15 minutes.

Neuseway Nature Center

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Inaugural YP Fun Run
7:30 a.m. check-in - 8:30 a.m. race begins Location: start at Neuseway
Nature Center. Before the festival begins, families can run a mile from the
Neuseway Nature Center down Herritage Street and back during the inaugural
Young Professionals of Lenoir County Fun Run.
The first registrants will receive a free
YP Fun Run t-shirt. $15 for a single-rate t-shirt and $25 for a family-rate t-shirt.
You can register for the race at https://form.jotform.com/80925010231139
For more information, contact Kristy Harrell at 252-527-6100.

 

 

 

Parking

Queen Street Methodist Church
8 a.m.-4 p.m. • Location: 500 N. Queen Street
$5 for parking
Queen Street Methodist Church will host 15 minute tours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Children accompanied by a parent are invited to the church's fellowship hall for fun activities.