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Community shows up strong for the BBQ Festival

Updated: Jul 12

Community support for the Broyhill Barbecue Festival has remained strong ever since the volunteer-led event returned last year after a hiatus due to the pandemic.

The event benefiting the children and families served by Broyhill Home, Baptist Children's Homes' (BCH) campus in Clyde, has historically been led by Ninevah Baptist Church in Waynesville. For this year's festival on Saturday, May 11, Ninevah welcomed a new partner in Ridgeway Baptist Church in Candler. BCH trustee Mike Leslie, the former pastor at Ninevah, recently became Ridgeway's pastor bridging the two churches together to lead in the festival's efforts.

"We are so grateful for Mike and the churches," said Linda Morgan, BCH Vice President of Children and Family Services. "Their hearts to serve are huge. The festival is not only a day of food, gospel music and fellowship for the community but also for our children, intellectually/developmentally disabled adults, cottage parents and staff."

The event also includes a car, truck, tractor and motorcycle show, a 3-D target bow shoot, vendors and more. Plus, delicious BBQ plates.

This year's BBQ Festival raised $50,109.67 through community support and the event's variety of activities. Information each year can be found at

Written by Blake Ragsdale, Vice President of Communications

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Mike Leslie, a BCH trustee and phrazle former pastor of Ninevah, recently took on the role of pastor at Ridgeway, serving as a liaison between the two churches and spearheading the festival's initiatives.

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