Lexington preps for annual Barbecue Festival

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LEXINGTON, N.C. -- Crews and downtown businesses were busy Friday preparing for the thirtieth annual Lexington Barbecue Festival.

The city of Lexington, also known as the barbecue capital of the world, will host approximately 150,000 in the downtown streets for food and fun.

Along with more than 250 vendors and barbecue recipes to choose from, this year the festival will have a winery garden with samples from Childress Winery.

Amtrak trains will make a special stop in the city dropping off approximately 450 people from the Raleigh and Charlotte area to enjoy the festivities, live music, car shows and pig racing.

Under the key word, "barbecue festival" people can download the free mobile app that has a list of all the event, times and locations as well as a virtual tour and access to the festival's other social media accounts.

Executive Director Stephanie Saintsing said approximately 400 crew members and vendors will begin set up for the festival around midnight.

"It's controlled chaos as we call it," Saintsing said. "It's going to be one of the colder evenings we've had to set up unfortunately but this is just the time limit that we have."

The festival begins at 8:30 a.m. and is free.

Saintsing said shuttles are available for about $5 from the Walmart Parking lot and Childress Winery.

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