Uptown Lexington was all decked out for the Barbecue Festival
When I was first assigned the morning beat of the Lexington Barbecue Festival, I was a little worried. It was October—sure enough, a truly cold day—and besides, no one was going to be out of bed at 8:30 on a Saturday for something as silly as barbecue, right?
Asheville’s Underhill Rose perform at HRO last spring. Photo by Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch
Across the street from the Old Davidson County Courthouse in Uptown Lexington sits a hidden gem of a place that isn’t quite so hidden anymore.
In recent months, High Rock Outfitters has grown from a small upstart serving up canoes, kayaks and other outdoor equipment with a side of Marley Coffee, to a destination spot for after-five entertainment and the elusive (in Lexington, at least) pint of craft beer.
We’ve been waiting for this time of year. The beginning of Fall is marked by our local county fairs, Halloween, and the most important festival in Lexington… the Lexington Barbecue Festival. Get your calendar out and mark down these important dates. It’s all about October!
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Fall means one thing in central North Carolina- fair time. There are a ton of festivals and agricultural fairs taking place over the next few weeks, and it all kicks off with the Davidson County Agricultural Fair.
The Davidson County Agricultural Fair is sponsored by the Lexington Kiwanis Club, and benefits the summer camp Kamp Kiwanis. All the usual fair favorites are there, from funnel cake to the Ferris Wheel. It isn’t all games and rides, though. All week long, you can enter the fairgrounds before 4 p.m. without a ticket, and take advantage of breakfast and lunch from one of the local civic groups.
Prizes on display at a fair booth
The 65th annual Davidson County Agricultural Fair started off with a bang on Monday, Sept. 19 and has been rolling strong ever since. Now through Sept. 24, nightly fireworks will be audible for miles around and the faint smell of funnel cake will accompany all activity taking place in the vicinity of Lexington.
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Smokey Joe’s Restaurant wants you to believe that it’s a barbecue restaurant, a popular clique to be part of in Lexington. The only problem is that Smokey Joe’s is anything but a barbecue restaurant. Driving up I immediately saw that Smokey Joe’s looked more like a late-night diner than a traditional barbecue restaurant. Walking in, the wood paneling, carpeting, and tchotchkes scream living room decor not barbecue eatery.
A line up of toy trucks
While the coast was hit hard by Hurricane Irene, it became a blessing in disguise for the Big Toy Day, a fundraiser for Communities In Schools of Lexington/Davidson County. Cool, overcast weather and a little wind led to a great turnout, as families from all over the county came out to support local schools and spend the day playing among a wide variety of planes, trucks, and cars.