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.
A little lunch...
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.
Check out the spread
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 curly-haired pig welcomes you to Kerley's
Late one recent afternoon, Cindia and I took a trip out to Kerley’s Barbecue, a Lexington staple since the seventies. Some decent barbecue, fantastic hushpuppies, and an overall good, filling meal were the result.
Cupcakes, cheesecakes, and ice cream ahead!
I don’t know about you, but around here the summer heat really makes us crave sweets. So we set out to find some of the best places in and around Lexington to get that sugar high. Set aside your diet plans for a day and enjoy the sun and some special treats.