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A Sizzling Saturday at McCord Family Park: Lowell's BBQ Cookoff Extravaganza!

Updated: Aug 14, 2023

BBQ Festival in Lowell North Carolina

Calling all barbecue enthusiasts and music lovers! Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 20, as the new McCord Family Park in downtown Lowell is set to host a sizzling event that promises to be a feast for the senses. With a BBQ Cookoff competition, free samples for the public, and live music by the talented Caleb Davis, this event is not to be missed! Join the Lowell community as they gather to celebrate their love for mouthwatering barbecue, vibrant music, and an unforgettable day outdoors.

BBQ Cook Off and Music in the Park Lowell NC

BBQ Cookoff

Music in the Park

12 pm - 3 pm

East 1st Street & N Main St, Lowell, NC

BBQ Cookoff and Judging

The day's highlight will be the BBQ Cookoff competition, where skilled pitmasters and grill gurus from the area will showcase their culinary expertise. As the tantalizing aroma of barbecued goodness fills the air, participants will vie for the prestigious Lowell's BBQ Champion title.

The Lowell Community Committee and guest judges, including renowned establishments like Hillbilly's Steaks & BBQ and Kyle Fletcher's BBQ & Catering, (both found on the Gaston County Cue Trail) will meticulously assess each entry. The judging will occur between 11:00-11:45 am, ensuring that every participant's masterpiece receives a fair evaluation.

Free Samples

What's a BBQ Cookoff without free samples? As a gesture of appreciation to the public, attendees will have the opportunity to savor delectable bites from the participating cookoff teams. Prepare your taste buds for a flavor extravaganza as competitors show off their secret blends of sauces, rubs, and techniques. It's a chance to discover new favorites or find inspiration for your next backyard barbecue.

Beer by Catawba RiverKeeper:

We are excited to have Catawba Riverkeeper selling various types of beer at this event. Look for them at our music in the park later this summer.

For the Kiddos:

In the center of this intimate park will be a kids' play area perfect for yard games, corn-hole, and dancing. FRIOS Gourmet Pops food truck will also be available with sweet treats for kids of all ages.

Live Music by Caleb Davis:

As you relish the flavors of the BBQ Cookoff, let the lively tunes of local musician Caleb Davis serenade you. Known for his soulful voice and captivating performances, Caleb Davis will create an electric atmosphere with his dynamic repertoire. From classic blues to your favorite rock, his music will provide the perfect backdrop for a delightful day of food, fun, and community spirit. So sit back, relax, and let the music elevate your experience.

McCord Family Park Ribbon Cutting

Before the BBQ Cookoff, between 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm, will be the grand opening ceremony of McCord Family Park in downtown Lowell! Lowell Public Works built this magnificent park exclusively using American Recovery Funds HARPA saving tax dollars. This park is set in the heart of downtown Lowell and creates the perfect venue for this momentous event. Conveniently located at the intersection of West First Street and North Main Street, this park offers a picturesque setting with its lush greenery. It is an ideal spot to gather with loved ones, savor mouthwatering barbecue, and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere that embodies the spirit of Lowell.

Make A Day of It

Save some time to enjoy the businesses in downtown Lowell.

  • Fryeday Coffee Roasters Small batch specialty roaster of coffee beans LEARN MORE

  • North Main Kava Bar An alcohol-free establishment serving kava, kratom, and coffee LEARN MORE

  • No Limit Nutrition A local healthy hangout serving delicious meal replacement shakes and energizing teas LEARN MORE

  • Back of the Moon Boutique with something for everyone LEARN MORE

  • First Street Home Everything you need to live beautifully, including custom lamps LEARN MORE

  • FitView Wellness Gym/Physical Fitness Center LEARN MORE

Hit the Parks

Close by is Harold Rankin Park offering a playground and walking track. A short drive away is George Poston Park. Try the pump track, hiking, mountain biking miles, a small lake with fishing, and a large playground.

Sponsorship by CaroMont Health

This event would not be possible without the generous support of CaroMont Health. As a sponsor, CaroMont Health actively contributes to the well-being and vitality of the community. Their commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle aligns perfectly with the spirit of the BBQ Cookoff, making them an integral part of this celebration.


Saturday, May 20, promises a day of sizzling flavors, live music, and community bonding at McCord Family Park in downtown Lowell. Whether you're a barbecue aficionado, a music enthusiast, or simply looking for a memorable experience, this event has something for everyone. So gather your friends and family, come hungry, and prepare to indulge in the tantalizing world of barbecue excellence. We'll see you at McCord Family Park, where the aroma of mouthwatering barbecue and the rhythm of Caleb Davis' melodies await!


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