Watch live 6 p.m. – Bennett College holds press conference to discuss accreditation ruling

Big turnout for annual Lexington Barbecue Festival

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

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.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.