Rolesville Chamber of Commerce’s 7th Annual BBQ is September 17

Are you ready for some barbecue? The Rolesville Chamber of Commerce’s seventh annual barbecue festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 17.

Rolesville Hot Pick'n Finger Lick'n BBQ & BandsThe family-friendly event – known as the Hot Pickin’ Finger Lickin’ BBQ and Bands Festival – features bands all day, craft vendors, games and rides for the kids, beer from White Street Brewing and some of the finest barbecue around.

The event is a North Carolina Pork Council-sanctioned whole hog competition. For grill masters, this means the winner of the whole hog competition, which will be judged by Pork Council judges, goes on to compete for the state title in October.

Local celebrity judges – Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles, business owner Robert Pettyjohn and WRAL-TV news anchor and reporter Ken Smith – for the chicken and ribs competitions.

The three competitions are open to anyone, so if you are a backyard grill master who has longed to compete, this is your chance. The entry fee includes the meat. Entrants set aside meat for judging, and the rest is sold during the event as a fundraiser for the Chamber of Commerce. Registration for teams is still open. Visit the events Facebook page at for information and a link to register.

White Street Brewing Co.Dino Radosta, owner of White Street Brewing Company, says being the Presenting Sponsor of the event is an opportunity to get to know the community better and support the Chamber of Commerce.

“We’re super excited about participating because whenever you put barbecue, music and beer together, people just seem to have a really great time,” Radosta said.

The Chamber of Commerce provides all food during this event. Options for purchase of barbecue plates are two-meat plates for $10 or three-meat plates for $12, each served with two sides, a roll and a drink. A two-hotdog combo with chips and a drink will cost $5.

This event is an important fundraiser for the Chamber of Commerce. All funds raised go to the Chamber, which in turn supports local businesses and produces community events like the annual Christmas Parade.

“The Chamber is thankful for the support of the community. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we hope everyone comes out and enjoys the event,” said April Sneed, Executive Director of the Chamber.

The event has grown considerably from its first year, when it was held on the lot next to Sonic on South Main Street. This year, the event is a street party and will be held on Rogers Road, between South Main Street and Granite Rock Way, where the post office is located. The event is free to attend, but food, tickets for children’s rides and beer have to be purchased.

Managing an event this size is no small feat. This year, a crowd of more than 3,500 is expected. To make it happen, the Chamber of Commerce needs volunteers in two- to four-hour shifts to set up and break down, to assist cooks, to help with children’s rides and to assist the judges. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the Chamber of Commerce. To volunteer, call the Rolesville Chamber office at (919) 562-7069.

Also, craft vendors are an important part of the event. Registration is still open, so contact the Chamber of Commerce for more information at (919) 562-7069.

“The Chamber’s annual barbecue is a good for the community,” said Sherwood Bobbitt, chair of the BBQ committee. “It brings people from all over to Rolesville for this statewide-recognized event. The community and local businesses love this family-friendly event. It is a great time for everyone.”

— Susan Ware Flower | | August 2016