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Barbecue kicks off Fayetteville's Dogwood Festival

Posted April 24, 2015

— Every year, the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival kicks off with a barbecue spread.

The annual Crime Stoppers Barbecue is a draw in itself by Friday at lunch, when cars line up to pick up plates piled high with pulled pork, rolls, potato salad and cole slaw. They expect to hand out 2,400 plates and raise about $10,000.

Volunteers cook and serve for hours, and the proceeds from each $7 plate go into the pool that Crime Stoppers uses to reward those who help to solve crimes.

"Crime Stoppers has the ability to provide money to an informant who wishes or chooses to remain anonymous and allow law enforcement to make an arrest," said Duncan Hubbard. "That informant doesn't have to go to court, that informant doesn't have to get involved at all. They just give us the information. They remain anonymous."

Later, the festival kicks into gear with concerts, a street fair with arts and crafts, food vendors, and a midway full of rides.

WRAL will have a booth at the festival, too.

Here's a schedule of when to meet your favorite reporter:

Saturday, April 25

Brian Shader and Elizabeth Gardner noon-3 p.m.
Greg Fishel 3-6 p.m.

Sunday, April 26

Gilbert Baez noon-3 p.m.
Bryan Mims 3-6 p.m.


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  • Brandon Parrish Apr 24, 2015
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    Mr. Abbott you are a truly ignorant man...I am so tired of seeing your unnecessary remarks about fayetteville. Why don't you worry about were ever you live and stay the hell out of fayetteville

  • Jeff Abbott Apr 24, 2015
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    Praying for the folks who are brave enough to attend so that they don't get shot.