- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 15, 2007

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The showdown over North Carolina barbecue cooled last week when state House members agreed to a measure making the Lexington Barbecue Festival the official food festival for North Carolina.

By a vote of 98-12, the House voted Thursday for the official state designation, two years after a similar bill suggested by some fourth-graders got nowhere because of feelings that it favored one type of barbecue over another.

Barbecue is a touchy subject in the General Assembly, where allegiances are split between areas where eastern and western North Carolina styles are cooked. While both use vinegar-based sauces, the western, or Lexington-style barbecue, also contains a small amount of tomato and brown sugar, and the pork comes from the shoulder of the hog.

Students at Friedberg Elementary School in Davidson County wrote letters to lawmakers asking to elevate the one-day Lexington event held in October.

“It is truly a statewide event,” state Rep. Jerry Dockham, a Republican from Davidson County, said during Thursday’s debate, adding that the designation would “add to the prestige of the event.”

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