RALEIGH, N.C., Sept. 9, 2011 // PRNewswire // -- To celebrate 70 years in the barbecue business, Dickey's Barbecue will hold a barbecue eating contest on September 15 with the chance to win a trip to the original Dickey's Barbecue location in Dallas, Texas.
"I'm so excited about hosting the event," said Maureen Woloszczuk, Vice President of GMW Carolina, Inc. which owns three area Dickey's locations, including Raleigh. "North Carolina takes its barbecue very seriously and it makes sense that we would host the East Coast preliminaries."
Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to go by the Dickey's location at 170 East Davie Street in downtown Raleigh prior to the event on September 15 and sign up.
"Everyone loves Dickey's Barbecue, and for a community so enthralled with barbecue we anticipate a large, lively crowd at the event ready to eat some pulled pork sandwiches," said Greg Woloszczuk.
The contestant who eats the most pulled pork sandwiches in six minutes will win a trip to Dallas to compete in the National Dickey's Barbecue Eating Contest at the original Dickey's Barbecue Pit.
"We are excited to celebrate 70 years in the barbecue business and wanted to make sure Dickey's celebrated with communities across the country," said Roland Dickey, Jr., the president of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. "I can't wait to watch the finals and congratulate the national winner personally."
Throughout September, Dickey's will host five Barbecue Eating competitions across the country and then send each first place winner to Dallas for the national competition on October 18, Dickey's Barbecue Pit's 70th anniversary.
The original Dallas location is still open for business and Dickey's Barbecue Pit is still owned and operated by the Dickey Family.
There are 171 locations in 39 states.
SOURCE Dickey's Barbecue