It was a beautiful Saturday in Historic Downtown Oxford for the 7th Annual North Carolina Hot Sauce Contest. This years attendance topped more then 10,000 people, hungry with an appetite for some of North Carolina's BBQ and hot sauces. With over 70 vendors featuring sauces, NC beers, wines and crafts it was surely a celebration of all things that are, North Carolina! Notably one of the biggest events in the county, this years Hot Pepper Eating contest did not disappoint, heading into the 14th round of hot peppers, this years new Capt. Capasaicin is Greg Winge of Rocky Mount, VA, finishing with the Trinidad Scorpion Pepper. Nephews BBQ Sauce from Garner NC, took home a handful of awards for their sauces, Best Hot NC BBQ Sauce and the people's choice awards. All other winners will be posted on the contest site. www.nchotsaucecontest.com
This year's featured band, Hip Pocket, rocked the stage and kept the crowd dancing all day with classic rock hits, beach music and today's top 40! The TDA would like to give a big thanks to Julia at Stovall's gifts for organizing, yet again, a fantastic event. Until next year...keep cool until the next sizzling Hot Sauce contest!