The 26th Annual Lexington Barbecue Festival is set for Saturday, October 24th, 2009.
The City of Lexington and Davidson County officially declared October as “Barbecue” month. Events are held throughout the month of October which lead to the grand finale, the Barbecue Festival.
Events that are held during the month of October include the Tour de Pig – the annual cycling event benefiting the Mental Health Association in Davidson County. Also included are a golf tournament, a tennis tournament, the 5K Hawg run, and the Hawg Shoot Air Rifle Tournament. All of these events draw talented athletes from across the Southeast.
The Festival is held in Uptown Lexington. An eight block stretch of Main Street is closed to traffic, with banners at either end announcing the Festival with a logo featuring four dancing pigs.
Over four hundred exhibitors sell everything from handmade crafts to homemade fudge. Also a Juried competition includes artists and craftsmen from across the country. This competition, sponsored by Carolane Propane Gas, Inc., is held throughout two blocks of Main Street in front of the Davidson county Museum of Art.
Five stages of entertainment showcase local and national artists. The festival is for people of all ages and includes a special section of rides and games for children, Piglet Land.
Barbecue is served at three locations through the festival area. These are amazing places where no fewer than 35 people work beneath each red and white tent chopping barbecue, fixing slaw, and serving french fries.