Friday, July 25, 2014

More info re: 2014 BBQ Festival Tournament

Lexington Barbecue Festival Weekend (tentative itinerary)

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Last day to register. $20 per person registration fee.

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Setup of the playing terrain at Finch Park (15 Paul Beck Road, Lexington, NC) in the afternoon will consist of stringing lanes and setting of rebound boards. Anyone who would like to volunteer to assist can contact Shirley at 336-247-0436.

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Terrain open for practice and play all day. Everyone is invited to join Gary and Shirley at their home (805 Gray Mill Rd) after play for a dinner of chicken pies, salads, and desserts. We'll start eating around 6:00 PM and have social time, drinks, and under-the-lights petanque.

We do ask that you e-mail and let us know how many to plan for at dinner. Or call Shirley at 336-247-0436 if you prefer.

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

The BIG DAY for Lexington, North Carolina! The 31st annual barbecue festival will bring around 175,000 people to our small town,_North_Carolina of 19,000 people.

It's a day full of family fun. We always try to arrive downtown by around 8:30 to see the streets before the throngs descend. There is an opening “kickoff” on the main stage in front of the old courthouse, complete with local dignitaries and a rendition of the national anthem to get everyone into the spirit of the day.

There are numerous music stages, arts and crafts, rides for the children, street shows that vary from bicycle stunt riders to chainsaw artists to automobile shows, and food vendors (with many offerings besides barbecue) galore. There is a “beer garden” for those who enjoy a little libation with their beach/rock/blues/bluegrass music. And, also this year, a “wine garden” as well.

The barbecue served at the huge tents around town is provided by participating local restaurants. Their offerings are usually limited to pork barbecue sandwiches and maybe hot dogs for the “kids.” The pork is cooked over wood fires (oak and/or hickory) and comes only from shoulder cuts. It is marinated/seasoned with Lexington-style “dip.” The dip is a thin, vinegary concoction which usually includes ketchup and or tomato sauce, brown sugar, and peppers. The usual condiment on a Lexington-style chopped sandwich is a red barbecue slaw. It's a little tart, but mostly sweet. I used to order my sandwiches without slaw, but after thirty years of living in Lexington, I've long since seen the errors of my ways. Try it, you'll like it!

Be advised that the festival is NOT a cook-off type event with different styles and cuts of barbecue. It's not even a representation of the different Lexington-style barbecue choices that one finds (sliced, chopped, coarse-chopped, coarse-chopped-lean, extra-brown, etc.) at a sit-down barbecue restaurant in and around Lexington. To get the real picture of what Lexington-style barbecue is all about, we suggest that you pay a visit to one of our local establishments and try a plate of barbecue with hushpuppies, fries, and barbecue slaw. Maybe even sweet tea, if that's your thing, or Cheerwine (not wine, but a local soft-drink favorite) in regular or diet versions.

After the festival, we'd like to invite everyone in the petanque group to join the group for supper and drinks at the private residence of Terry and Sue Wien on High Rock Lake in Lexington. They are at 122 Mountain Harbor Drive. We'll try to eat around 6:30. We do ask that you e-mail and let us know how many to plan for at dinner. Or call Shirley at 336-247-0436 or Sue at 336-247-0717 if you prefer. A contribution of ten dollars per person would be appreciated to help offset costs. They have four well-lighted courts and a large rec room for socializing.

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

The second official Lexington Barbecue Festival Petanque Tournament will begin at 9:00 AM. Please plan to check in by 8:30. The event will be held at Finch Park at 15 Paul Beck Road in Lexington. After entering the park, please proceed down the hill to the baseball infield (on your left as you look down the hill). The tournament will consist of three rounds of qualifying play to 13 points (not to exceed 70 minutes plus one end). The teams will then, based upon qualifying results, be divided into a Concours (Championship) Division and a Consolante (Consolation) Division.

Those participating in the tournament, as well as their friends and families who are attending, will be provided with a sandwich & chips lunch. Or, if you prefer, there is a barbecue restaurant within a half-mile of the terrain that sells hamburgers, hotdogs, etc., as well as barbecue.

The remainder of play will be single-elimination brackets with cash prizes and trophies to be awarded to the top two teams in each division as shown on Exhibit A. There will also be third place medals in Concours and Consolante.

Questions? Call Shirley at 336-247-0436.

Exhibit A

Championship Team $250 / team plus trophies
Concours Runners-up $150 / team plus trophies
Concours Third Place Teams medals

Consolante Winners $60 / team plus trophies
Consolante Runners-up $40 / team plus trophies
Consolante Third Place Teams medals

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