Big turnout for annual Lexington Barbecue Festival

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LEXINGTON, N.C. – Organizers say more than 160,000 people showed up to taste some Lexington-style barbecue at the annual festival.

The festival, which was held Saturday, provided food, music and entertainment to visitors. The crowd consisted of guests from North Carolina and even visitors from neighboring states.

The event brings money and attention to Lexington—gas stations, surrounding restaurants, shops and hotels all benefit from the increase in foot traffic to the city.

The festival also helps businesses and vendors who are interested in participating in the festival, such a Buddy Smith with Smith & Co. Mobile Bleachers in La Grange, N.C.

Smith has provided his services to the festival for about a decade. His company travels 3.5 hours to set up seats for festival goers.

“We're already booked for next year, they book us a year in advance,” Smith said.