Barbecue plays big part of festival

Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 01:20 PM.

The cook-off cooking begins at 9 p.m. Friday in the Family Dollar parking lot;

early Saturday morning, the cookers are back at in the parking lot;

Around 8 a.m. the judges will pick the winners, who will be announced during the Opening Ceremony at 10 a.m.;

Once the winners are picked, “then we’ll get it chopped up and brought over to the Courthouse Square as quickly as we can,” says Blackburn. And they’ll sell it from there all day Saturday.

Blackburn, who is treasurer of the Pender Athletic Club, says profits from the sale of barbecue נminus prize money to the winning cookers נare split between the PAC and the festival. Pender High School student athletes take shifts over the two days helping to prepare and sell barbecue.

Meanwhile, the festival continues to champion its signature product, the beautiful blueberry, as a first-class health food.

Does that give Blackburn pause?

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