The great American barbecue — Neuse News

Looking for a fun, family-friendly way to celebrate the 4th of July? Look no further than the Great American Cookout happening at Harmony Hall, located in downtown Kinston, NC.

The Lenoir County Historical Association is hosting an event to celebrate the holidays with an Americana theme. A packed program is planned, including live music with local artists, a traveling puppet show and a hot dog eating contest.

For the live music portion of the evening, the headliner is Mike Kenzie aka “13” from the Super Grit Cowboy Band. Those who know the group, especially Mr. Kenzie, will be delighted to have him there.

From New Bern, Dennis Listermann-Vierling will present a puppet show involving George Washington and his visit to eastern North Carolina in 1791. Dennis is a performer at the Tryon Palace and he created a traveling puppet show as a way to educate children about history in a fun and engaging way.

Fire Box Social Flow Arts, from Washington, NC, will perform later in the evening. These artists will perform elaborate tricks with fire that are sure to delight everyone. They feature safe LED-lit instruments for children to play with to make it an interactive experience. They performed at the Harley-Davidson festival as well as other festivals.

For those who love to eat and are competitive, there will be a hot dog eating contest. Entrants who compete must sign a release form and pay $10. First and second place winners will receive prizes.

Admission for adults will be $10 and $5 for children 12 and under. The price of admission includes two hot dogs, fries and a drink in addition to the evening’s entertainment.

This event is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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