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Halifax ready to grill up a thrilling time

All roads lead to historic Downtown Halifax on Saturday for the first “Grills and Thrills.” Everything gets under way at 10 a.m. at the Farmers Market and continues until 5 that afternoon.

“It’ll be a great day complete with good food, live music, killer cars, jammin’ stereos and fun for everyone,” said Halifax Events Coordinator Erin Shaughnessy.

“We’re having a barbecue cookout as a fundraiser to benefit the Halifax Volunteer Fire Department,” Shaughnessy said.

“There will be six categories including barbecue pork, pork ribs, brisket, chicken, sauce and homemade pies with prizes awarded in each category,” she explained. “Judging is scheduled for 1-3 p.m.”

Those participating in the barbecue cookout will present samples of their creations for judging, and the remainder will go to the fire department to be sold to the public, Shaughnessy explained.

“The fire department is making side dishes to go along with the barbecue, ribs, chicken and brisket,” she said. “They (fire department) also will have slices of the homemade pies for sale.”

Along with good food, good things to drink also will be available. “We’ll have a beer garden and wine tasting featuring wines from local vineyards,” Shaughnessy said. “We’ll have wines from Bright Meadows Farm, Annefield Vineyards, Rebec Vineyards and Greenwood Vineyards.”

In addition to good things to eat and drink, the event will feature a car show with prizes awarded for best custom, best paint, best interior, best engine, kids and ladies choice and best in show.

“We’ll also have a stereo sound-off with Exquizit Customz from Buffalo Junction,” Shaughnessy said. “There will be three decibel classes, car clubs are welcome, and a stereo equipment and a MECP (Mobile Electronics Certified Professional) installer will be on site.”

Live music will entertain throughout the day with Saved By Grace, The Squash Blossoms, Nelly Zamora Jones, David Ellis Martin, Shine and Alex and Maryanne Austin. Dancers from “We’ve Got Rhythm” dance studio also will perform.

Shaughnessy also said a special activity area for the youngsters will be provided. “We’ll have a petting zoo and pony rides from noon until 3 p.m.,” she said.

“And all day the kids can create a trick-or-treat bag, have their faces painted, enjoy snacks, participate in a percussion jam with Nelly Jones, and kids 12 and under can take part in our coloring contest,” she added. “Admission to the kids’ activity area is just $5.”

In addition to good food, good music and fun for the kids, the event will have the Halifax County Humane Society adopt-a-thon, Shaughnessy said. “And we’ll have a 50/50 raffle to benefit the Halifax United Way, natural hardwood charcoal for sale and arts and crafts,” she explained. “Mary Wilkerson will have hand-sewn items, Ringgold Red will have salsa for sale, and we’ll have Tupperware and other items to choose from.”