KANSAS CITY BARBECUE SOCIETY COMPETITON TO BE HELD AT MOORE COUNTY AIRPORT
Smokin in the Pines Festival schedule for April 29th to Benefit First Tee – Sandhills
CARTHAGE, NC— If you see smoke rising above the Moore County Airport on the 29th don’t fret because it will be from an entourage of competitive BBQ teams at the Smokin in the Pines BBQ Festival and Competition. The judged competition will feature 25 cooking teams from around the Southeast that have ventured to Moore County for this 1st Annual contest. The event is open to the public.
The Kansas City Barbeque Society is a competitive cooking organization based in Kansas City, Missouri, famous for Kansas City BBQ. It is the largest competitive barbecue organization in the world, with more than 15,000 members. It was founded in 1985 by Carolyn and Gary Wells and Rick Welch. Their desire was to put together a local group for competitive barbecue. It has since grown exponentially and provides oversight to hundreds of competitions.
Unlike other barbecue events that are planned in the area later in the year, Smokin in the Pines is a true competition with the participants vying for a cash purse, trophies and ultimately bragging rights for winning this prestigious event. The event will include live entertainment featuring The Low-Down Dirty Heathen Band and Whiskey Pines, vendors and exhibitors, craft beer from Southern Pines Brewery and concessions food sales courtesy of the Southern Pines Fire Department. Patrons will have the opportunity to purchase tickets onsite to sample the barbecue and participate in the People’s Choice category judging during the competition. The event will be capped off with an awards ceremony at the conclusion of the contest with prizes presented for multiple categories including the Grand Champion for the competition. The event hours for the public will be 11:00am to 6:00pm.
“We are excited that the Kansas City Barbecue Society will be holding one of their national sanctioned events in our community,” said Charles Gregg, CEO for the Pinehurst Surgical Clinic and Founder for the Smoking in Pines event. “We are pleased to partner with the Moore County Airport as our site for this year’s competition. The 25 competitors are some of the best in the Southeast and will travel as far as southern Florida to be part of our event.”
The competitors will begin arriving in Moore County on April 27th and most will travel with self-contained trailer rigs that will be staged at the airport. Cooking will begin on Friday with the actual Smoking in the Pines event and judging held on Saturday. Judged categories will include chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket in addition to the People’s Choice Award selected by the sampling ticket holders. The judging hours will be between Noon and 2:00pm with the awards ceremony planned for between 4:30pm and 5:15pm at the airport.
Gregg added, “some of the best competitive barbecue team in the country will be at the Smokin in the Pines event, with 10% of the field among the top 100 nationally racked BBQ teams including the number one ranked team. In addition to cooking for prize money and awards the teams that will participate in our event are accumulating KCBS points for the series of competitions held throughout the year.”
Ron Maness, Director of the Moore County Airport is pleased to have this unique event hosted at the airport later this month. “The Moore County Airport continues to focus on community outreach activities and events, so we can expose our airport property and facilities to the residents and guests of Moore County. We anticipate the Smokin in the Pines event should be very popular, especially when there is delicious barbecue involved.”
Parking for the event will be onsite at the airport, with the proceeds donated to First Tee – Sandhills.
A limited number of sampling tickets will be available for $10 onsite (10 samples), for those patrons wishing to be part of the People’s Choice award.
ABOUT SMOKIN IN THE PINES:
A cooking competition and community festival to benefit First Tee – Sandhills. This inaugural event is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, the largest society of barbeque enthusiasts in the world.
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ABOUT MOORE COUNTY AIRPORT:
The Moore County Airport was established in 1929 when the Tufts family, founders and operators of the Pinehurst Resort, opened a dirt runway and named it “Knollwood Airport.” The airport was acquired by Moore County in 1935 and was later leased to the U.S. Army Air Corps until 1945, when it transitioned from a military airfield to a commercial airfield. The Pinehurst-Southern Pines Airport enjoyed limited commercial airline service
from Piedmont Airlines (later USAir) but that service was discontinued following September 11, 2001.
Today, the Moore County Airport is a vibrant hub for private aircraft and corporate charter flights arriving and departing to and from Moore County. The airport is operated and maintained by the Moore County Airport Authority, with a mission to be an engine of economic growth and opportunity for the Moore County community and region through the provision of excellent aeronautical support to the visitors, airport tenants, and to the business and military communities.
Moore County Airport (KSOP), located just minutes away from Pinehurst and Southern Pines, North Carolina, is the “Gateway to the Home of American Golf.” The premier general aviation jetport welcomes pilots and passengers to a destination that is rich in history, tradition, and true southern hospitality. The airport offers a full range of amenities and services for private aircraft and provides flight training, aircraft maintenance and charter flight services.
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