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Tobacco Farm Life Museum to host barbecue cook-off

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KENLY — The Tobacco Farm Life Museum will hold its annual barbecue cook-off fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at the museum.

“This whole-hog backyard competition brings together the best pig cookers in our area each year so they can put their skills to the test,” said Melody Worthington, the museum’s director and curator. “The winner will receive a trophy and most importantly, bragging rights.”

Vendors and demonstrators will be on-site with various traditional arts and crafts and other activities along with entertainment onstage between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. consisting of bluegrass music from Shannon Baker & Sometime Soon and dance numbers performed by Jennifer’s Dance Academy members.

The International Harvesters Tractor Club will provide an antique tractor display and Pasture Pals Equine Rescue will be on hand offering pony rides, with donations for the rides earmarked to support rescue animals.

Entrants will set up on Friday, Nov. 10 and will begin cooking late Friday or early Saturday, Worthington explained.

Judging will take place Saturday morning with a blind taste test starting at 9 a.m. The barbecue is expected to be ready for purchase by 11 a.m.

“After judging is completed, we will be selling barbecue plates and sandwiches,” said Worthington.

Plates will be $8 each, and all proceeds will benefit the museum. Veterans who bring a military ID and local first responders will receive free barbecue sandwiches.

Worthington said Nik’s Pizza & Restaurant of Kenly is donating cookies that will be included with the plates while Stormin’ Norman’s of Kenly will donate side dishes.

“We are excited to be partnering with Bone Suckin’ Sauce and Lowell Mill Restaurant, who are our primary event sponsors this year,” said Worthington. “They have brought some amazing additions to the program.”

Activities on the museum grounds will be free and admission to the museum gallery will be $5.

“We are excited about working with the community to make this event a huge success each year,” said Worthington. “The cooks are amazing and our volunteers do such a wonderful job.”

For more information, call Worthington at 919-284-3431 or email