Fayetteville’s Fifth Annual Slawburger Festival, offering music, food and fun for the entire family, is nearing.
Activities planned for the event, slated for April 20 in downtown Fayetteville, include the homemade slaw contest, scavenger hunt, ice cream eating contest, a kids’ zone and the slaw dog contest for furry visitors. The always-popular slawburger eating contest remains on the menu.
The day kicks off with the Fayetteville Kiwanis Club’s 53rd Annual Pancake Breakfast from 6:30 until 9:30 a.m. at the bandstand on the Lincoln County Courthouse lawn. Tickets are $6 each and can be purchased in advance from any club member or on the day of the event. Proceeds benefit scholarships and various children’s community organization.
The Always Endure 5K will be held at 8 a.m. This year’s race beneficiaries are Travis and Whitney Creasy. Travis is head football coach for Riverside Christian Academy and a teacher. He was diagnosed last year with APL, a form of leukemia. The Creasys have two children as part of their home through foster care.
The start and finish lines are located at Bank of Lincoln County, located at 307 College Street East, Fayetteville. Entry fee through April 6 is $25; April 7-19, $30; and on race day, $35. Packet pickup will be Friday, April 19, from 4 until 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church Youth Center, called The Hub, located at 201 Elk Avenue North.
Awards include custom medals given to male and female overall and 10-year age group increments.
For information, visit www.runlincolncounty.com.
The Honey’s Restaurant Slawburger Eating Contest, the highlight of the day’s activities, will be held at 2 p.m. on the south side of the courthouse lawn. The contest draws both amateur and professional eaters to compete and crowds of spectators to witness the clash for cash prizes, bragging rights and the championship belt. Contestants have 10 minutes to eat as many slawburgers – bun, patty, two pickles and slaw – as they can. Organizers say there is still time to enter. Rules and registration forms are available for the eating contest on the official festival website, www.slawburgerfestival.com.
The Slaw Dog Contest at 11 a.m., featuring four-legged, furry friends, always draws a crowd of spectators. Prizes will be given away in several categories, including Loveliest Lady, Most Handsome, Best Dressed with extra points if the costume relates to slawburger, Best Personality and Best Trick. There will be dogs featured from local animal shelters, the Fayetteville Animal Shelter and the Humane Society. These dogs have all been spayed/neutered and are looking for their forever home. Registration forms to enter the Slaw Dog contest are available on the Slawburger website.
For the second year, a homemade slaw competition will be held. Registration will begin at 2 p.m., with judging at 3:30 p.m. Each entry should be prepared fresh in advance as preparation on site will not be available, due to space limitations. The entry should be presented for judging in a pint container that can be picked up at Fayetteville-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau, located at 208 Elk Ave South in Fayetteville. Registration forms and rules are listed on the Slawburger Festival website.
The kids’ area will be open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., and offers a variety of fun activities for children, including bounces, music, balloons, face painting and more. The kids’ area is located in the First Baptist Church parking lot at the corner of Washington Street and Elk Avenue.
A scavenger hunt, to be held from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., begins at the information booth located on the east side of the courthouse lawn. Complete details can be obtained there.
Other activities include an ice cream eating contest for children ages five to 10, beginning at 1 p.m. on the bandstand, as well as entertainment on the south side of the square featuring Michael Jacobs, a multi award-winning singer/songwriter, at 12 noon. He will bring a blend of roots rock and folk. Strangers with Friends, a Lincoln County band with a big area following, will perform from 4 until 7 p.m. Strangers with Friends covers only the best classic rock, soul and country.
Vendors both old and new will be set up throughout the Slawburger Festival area from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., and T-shirts and koozies featuring the Slawburger Festival logo will be available for purchase at the information booth from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. T-shirts may be purchased prior to the festival by visiting the Fayetteville Main Street office. Visit the information booth on the day of the festival for a full schedule of events and activities.
Ken’s, Honey’s Restaurant and the Lincoln County Livestock Association will be cooking burgers throughout the day for those wanting a taste of an authentic Lincoln County slawburger.
Festival organizers encourage visitors to the downtown area to check out the many merchants and unique shops in the area.
To learn more about the event, visit the Facebook page, Slawburger Festival, or slawburgerfestival.com.
Profit from the Slawburger Festival, sponsored by Fayetteville Main Street and the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau, goes into beautification and renovation of the downtown area.