FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2019 

“Plein Air Paint Out”  

9 a.m.  • Location: Registration Kinston Arts Center, 400 N. Queen Street   

Plein Air Paint Out is an annual event sponsored by the Community Council for the Arts. 

This is an official event of the BBQ Festival on the Neuse. Plein Air Paint Out allows artists to participate in a juried exhibition and show. Artists paint Wednesday, May 1 beginning at 9 a.m. until Saturday, May 4. Artists’ works must be submitted on Saturday, May 4, at the Kinston Arts Council for judging by a nationally-known plein air artist. The Jurors’ Awards ceremony is Saturday, May 4, at the Kinston Arts Council. The awards ceremony, reception and wet paint sale is open to the public. 

For information and registration, visit 

4 pm - Jurors critique 4-10 pm arts & crafts


8 a.m. – 3 p.m. 150+ Vendors will set-up for business in the Downtown Festival District  

38th annual Wil King Hog Happenin'  

12 p.m. - Arrival and set-up of cook teams • Location: Corner of Caswell and Herritage Streets 

Contact: Tammy Kelly, chair, 919-495-1116 


Amusement Rides 

3 p.m. - 10 p.m. • Location: Pearson Park off Mitchell Street and North Streets  

Wristbands $25.00 per person $5.00 off with coupon - Adult and youth rides will be available, including a Ferris wheel, Super Shot Drop Tower, Swing Ride, Dragon Wagon and merry-go-round. Carnival rides this year are presented by Inner’s Amusements, a family-owned amusement company that has been in operation since 1909 and has a variety of carnival rides providing fun for the entire family. 

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The Fun Zone - sponsored by Kinston-Lenoir County Parks and Recreation Department 

5 p.m. – 10 p.m. • Location: Pearson Park 

Always a good Time at the Fun Zone, Karaoke, Dancing with Flimsy, and so much more always a good Time at the Fun Zone. Fun for the entire family.

Flimsy’s Fun Fest

5 p.m. music and games

6 p.m. Flimsy’s Dance Party

5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Train 




5 p.m.-6 p.m. • Location: Blount Street Stage 

Sercy is a new Spiked and Sparkling beverage by Mother Earth Brewing! Sercy will be for sale in 4 flavors that contain 5% alcohol by volume. 

President Trent Mooring says, "We kind of see this as the wave of the future. We see a lot of people going to this, and that just kind of diversifies us even more in the alcohol industry."  

Live Entertainment: TBA

5 p.m.-6 p.m. • Location: Blount Street Stage 

BBQ Beef & Brew

5 p.m.-until • Location: Pepsi Wagon - Corner of Blount & Mitchell Streets near Mother Earth Sercy Garden and Stage and Corner of Caswell & Herritage Street (BBQ Tent)

Partnering with Mother Earth Brewing and Kinston/Lenoir County’s Young Professionals and Ambassador, we’re offering the same great grass-fed, farm-raised beef you love, now in a BBQ Beef sandwich! The beef is slow cooked, chopped and sauced with King’s BBQ Beef BBQ Sauce! Chips and Pepsi products are also available to compliment this BBQ treat! Toppings and sauce are available to take your dinner to the next level.


Thank you to our BBQ Beef & Brew sponsors: 

Kings Restaurant  
Mother Earth Brewing 
Kinston Realty Group 
Canteen Vending Services 
Pat and Kendall Hill 
Kinston-Lenoir County Parks and Recreation Department 
Roses Store 
Sugar Hill Pizzeria 

Lovick's Café 

5 p.m.-9 p.m. • Location: Lovick’s Café, 320 N. Herritage Street

Fish, Shrimp, Grilled Chicken, HB Steaks Plates - Includes 2 veggies and Toss Salad at one of downtown Kinston's most historic restaurants, which recently celebrated 75 years of feeding folks throughout Eastern North Carolina.  

Find a Hog Bot!

5 p.m.-9 p.m. • Location: Throughout the ArtsFest area and Herritage Street 

Search for the Hog Bots! Find cute little Hog Bots hidden throughout the ArtsFest area to claim great prizes; you even get to keep your Hog Bot! Hog Bots are handmade by local artists and sponsored by Art 105 and Community Council for the Arts.   

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2019 Participating Retailers:

ART 105
Al’s  Beauty Salon
Inside Scoop Ice Cream Shop
Jeano’s Beauty & Barber
Just Add Salt Boutique
Kinston Community Council for the Arts
Kinston Barber Shop
Leon Thomas Treasures & Beauty Box
Panacea Junkiez
Parrot Hardware
Reynolds Seafood
Right Angle Framing Shop
Southern Heritage Antiques
Sugar Hill Pizzaria
The Mad Hatter
The Market Place
The Motor Lodge
The O’Neil
The Red Room
Tops, Bottoms, & Soles
Whiskey Pig

Arts Market

5 p.m.-10 p.m. • Location: Building on corner of Mitchell and Blount Streets (indoor market) and Mitchell Street (outside market) & indoor in the building on the corner of Blount and Herritage Streets on Herritage Street. 

Enjoy the indoor art market, offering beautiful works of art from painting to pottery and sculptures to scarves. Don't miss this great shopping experience!  


5 p.m.-9 p.m. • Location: Herritage Street near Mitchell Street 

Come on down to Herritage Street and release the artist within, paint a pre-designed canvas depicting the festival and downtown scenes. The completed works of art will be on display in the weeks after the festival in downtown Kinston. All ages are welcome to participate. 

Featured Band – Johnny Badcheck & the Bouncers 

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6 p.m. - 9 p.m.  • Location: Blount Street Stage 

Featured Entertainment: TBA 

9 p.m.-10 p.m. • Location: Blount Street Stage  


5-10 pm Eastern Entertainment With Jerry Hill's Beach Rhythm & Blues

From 102.9 FM Beach Boogie & Blues


WRNS D J - Chase Adams   

5 p.m. • Location: Herritage Street Stage  

At the early age of 6 Chase first picked up microphone and guitar and started recording on cassette tapes. That’s when he knew music is where he needed to be. At the age of 10 he had gotten his first DJ mixer and fell in love with the art of mixing and hasn’t stopped Dj’ing since. Chase enjoys hunting, fishing and camping with friends and family. He also loves going out to different area bars and restaurants with his friends while watching sports and enjoying great food and drinks. Chase loves singing, especially doing karaoke as well as being in the studio recording new music. 

Carolina Classic Cruisers Cruise-In for Vehicles 1993 and older 

5 p.m. • Location: Herritage and Gordon Streets - entrance Gordon Street 

Any classic car owner is invited to show off their vehicle at a free event which includes special festival parking. Contact: Judy Stroud for information 252-939-5295  

The O'Neil Luxury Hotel Lobby Tours 

5-9 p.m. • Location: 200 N. Queen Street 

The O'Neil Luxury Hotel, winner of the 2015 Historical Restoration Award, is the former Farmer's & Merchant's Bank that has been revitalized after being vacant for 30 years. The O'Neil will host lobby tours every half-hour. 

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CSS Neuse II
5-10 p.m. • Location: Corner of Gordon and Herritage Streets 
Beer Garden - Featuring several Craft Breweries and local Beer  

5 p.m.-10 p.m. • Location: Farmers Market Area 

Purchase craft beer by the cup. 

Wine Garden
5-10 p.m. • Location: Herritage Street between Gordon and Caswell Street near the Farmers Market area 

Tastings offered by North Carolina wineries; you will love the wines! Purchase your favorite wines to take home or buy them as gifts for your friends and family! 

Vodka Garden 

5 p.m.-10 p.m. • Location: Farmers Market Area

Sassy's Fitness (Zumba)

5:30 p.m.

Mayor’s Golden Key Award 
6:15 p.m. • Mayor Don Hardy will present awards to Kinston citizens for outstanding service to Kinston.  

Cook Team & Sponsor Introductions 

7 p.m. •  Welcome and introduction of cook teams and sponsors Chief cook briefing 

Location: Herritage Street Stage 

Wil King Hog Happenin' cook teams and sponsors will be introduced. Let's make these teams feel welcome and show our support for both teams and sponsors! 

Meet Sam Jones’ Restaurant BBQ Pit Crew  

7 p.m.-10 p.m. • Location: Farmers Market area 

Stop in for a visit as pitmaster Samuel Jones' BBQ Pit Crew cooks up a farm-raised whole hog. Cooked for hours in an oak wood cooker, this hog will become the featured dish to be sopped in mouth-watering barbecue sauces competing in the Sauce Boss Competition Saturday. 

Showmanship competition 

7:30 p.m. • Location: Herritage and Caswell Streets Cook Teams in parking lot
Don't miss this fun and entertaining competition: The cook teams go all out to really "put on the hog" as they compete for the showmanship awards in this competition. Past teams have entertained festival attendees with all kinds of themes -- from singing cowboys to gambling pigs -- you won't believe that pig cookin' can be so much fun! A preliminary competition to the "Super Bowl of Swine," the Hog Happenin' will host more than 90 award-winning barbecue cookers. Sanctioned by the North Carolina Pork Council, the Hog Happenin' cookoff is one of the most prestigious barbecue competitions in the state.
For more information, contact Tammy Kelly at 919-495-1116 

Featured Entertainment: North Tower Band 

7:30 p.m. • Location: Herritage Street Stage 

Back by popular demand! In 1978, Gary Dennis and Doug Manning were playing in a Raleigh based Top 40/Beach Music Band together called Carolina Trace. Gary at the time was also a member of an acappella vocal group at UNC-CH called the North Tower Quartet. With Carolina Trace unable to gain traction and bands capable of doing floor shows at the time having the most success, Gary and Doug decided to form a new band with the bass player and soundman for Carolina Trace, Bill Brooks and Anthony Tart who switched to trumpet and add the guys from the quartet to form a Beach, Top 40 and Show Group. 

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10 p.m.