Pork stars in cook-off
Motorists driving through downtown Hayesville Saturday evening may find themselves distracted by the succulent aroma of pork sizzling on grills and in smokers during the Butts & Spuds Cook-off Festival.
The event opens at 3 p.m. on the courthouse square and is sponsored by the Clay County Chamber of Commerce. A $7 admission fee gives attendees access to food, crafts, barbecue competition and adult games which include a cornhole championship, beer, wine and entertainment.
Because of state alcohol laws, during the six-hour festival, only adults 21 and older are allowed on festival grounds and its parameters on the square. Coordinators say IDs will be checked.
Festival-goers will have the chance to sample the competitors’ barbecue which will include pulled, sliced or shredded, and vote for their favorite local chef to receive the People’s Choice award. Sampling starts when gates open at 3 p.m. and concludes at 6 p.m. The winner will be announced at 6:45 p.m.
Cook-off competitors so far include Pat Margo, Fat Tom’s BBQ, Mike Worden, Mountain Mac and Good Shepherd Episcopal Church’s Holy Smokers. There’s still time to sign up to be part of the competition, according to Executive Director Pam Roman. “We’ll take them right up until the event.”