'Kings of Q' barbecue festival kicks off Friday in Ayden


AYDEN, Pitt County - The two-day "Kings of Q" barbecue festival kicks off Friday evening in Ayden.

The judging starts at noon on Saturday in the Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned event. There is $10,000 in prize money up for grabs.

Four different categories are up for judging: chicken, pork ribs, pork and beef brisket.

The event starts Friday at 4 p.m., with rides and vendors open to the public. Jupiter Jones and Kasey Tyndall are providing the headlining acts on Friday and Saturday, respectively, at 7 p.m. each night on the West Avenue Stage.

Attendees will have 37 different competitors' meats to try out this year, with each vying for the top overall prize.

More details on the event are online at