Asheboro planning for barbecue cook-off in August

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ASHEBORO, N.C. -- Thousands of people are expected to visit downtown Asheboro next month for the city's first Pig and Pedals competition, the latest event which is part of the city's redevelopment plan.

Over the past 20 years, the city has spent nearly four million dollars on redeveloping downtown, adding new businesses and revamping old ones like the Sunset Theater on Sunset Avenue.

To prepare for the event, city crews are setting up more than a dozen underground electrical services which will supply 24,000 watts of power to the 42 vendors expected at the competition.

Downtown is now an area where new businesses are springing up -- seven businesses opened with two blocks in the past year.

"People have seen what we've done and want to be part of it," said Asheboro Mayor David Smith.

Smith says moving forward, the city is now focused on building more apartments, adding retail shops and more restaurants.

The Pigs and Pedals competition will be held from Aug. 1-2.