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Smokin' Butts By The Depot

  • Dates: August 28, 2021
  • Town Of Catawba

  • 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Price: Free
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Join us for our 2nd Annual BBQ Competition in Catawba!

Local favorite, The Tyler Hatley Band, will be performing. We will have a Beer Garden and a separate Kids Zone, with XCite Mobile Gaming Bus, The Catawba County Library To Go, and much more!

Bring your blankets, or lawn chairs and come enjoy an evening on Main Street enjoying BBQ and fun in the Town of Catawba!

More info to come!

Contact Town Hall to Register for the BBQ Competition at 828-241-2215. This is not a professional competition and is for locals to come out and enjoy participating. We will have a Peoples Choice Judging!

2pm - Vendors Arrive
3pm - Music Begins
5pm - Tyler Hatley Band Begins
5:45pm - BBQ Judging On Stage
7pm - Concert Ends