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Tuesday
Oct262010

Lexington, NC - 27th Annual Barbeque Festival

Lexington, NC is the BBQ Capital of the World.  I know other cities claim the title but they have to get in line.  Behind Lexington.

Lexington barbeque is pork shoulder pit cooked over hickory chips, long and slow.  There is nothing akin to the smell of barbeque cooking.  And this past weekend, the entire town of Lexington smelled of the smell.  It was heaven in the form of pork shoulders.  I was in Schaumburg, Illinois during the week for work but rushed home on Friday to get to Lexington.  I landed at the Charlotte airport around 4.30, grabbed my bag from baggage claim, rushed to the car, acted like a NYC driver in the Charlotte traffic and was home around 5.15.  I grabbed a bag and threw some clothes in, grabbed MB and we were off by 5.30.  We made it to Lexington around 7pm and met my parents, sister and niece at the Barbeque Center around 7.  We had some g-r-e-a-t bbq sandwiches on steamed buns with extra bbq sauce.  My niece had french fries, chicken strips, pieces of bbq roll - she put a lot of food away for only being 14 months old.  After we polished off our dinner, we made our way down main street to the sand sculpture of pigs and more pigs.  (On the way there, Def Leppard's 'Rock of Ages' came on the radio.  I sang to Adah and she began singing and dancing thru the whole song - she's a fan!!!  How awesome is that????  We can be groupies together!)

Sat. morning we drove into Lexington and parked at a boy scout's parking lot and walked to the center of town.  Hundreds of thousands were expected at the festival.  There are several bandstands where well-known artists play and hundreds of craft booths set up along main street.  There are rides for small children, rock walls to climb, face painting, hog runs (really piglets) and eating.  And more eating.  We watched the mayor take the first bite of the first BBQ sandwich of the festival and take the first sip of the Swine Wine (a wine crafted by Childress Vineyards for the BBQ festival).  We had our share of the BBQ sandwiches, freshly made lemonade and cotton candy.  And you know how I love my cotton candy!!  I introduced Adah to it on Saturday ;)

If you've never been to this festival - please make a special trip next year.  It will be the last Saturday in October.  It is so worth it.  Lexington is a small town, with a small town feel.  And it becomes big, once a year.

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