A soggy weekend forecast led Farmers Day organizers to postpone most of the festival until Oct. 29-30. The one event that will continue — rain or shine — is the Coats BBQ Cook-off and plate sale.
“We have 20 brave teams of volunteers willing to cook during the rain to help our chamber. This meat has to be cooked because it is purchased,” said Tricia Bristow, executive director of the Coats Area Chamber of Commerce. “Then this delicious BBQ has to be sold and all of a sudden, we don’t have a crowd.”
Bristow asked the public to help her spread the word on the BBQ plate sale, which will start at 11 a.m. and end at 7 p.m. at the community building at 127 S. McKinley St. Plates will be sold in a drive-thru.
“We are also offering deliveries to any business that will call us with the number of plates they need,” Bristow said. “The numbers to call are 910-897-6213 and 919-215-0681.”
Plates are $10 apiece and include barbecue, potatoes, slaw and bread. Barbecue will also be sold by the pound at $10 a pound or $25 for three pounds.
“If you wish to purchase more by the pound, we will work out a fair price for you,” Bristow said.
Proceeds from the plate sale benefit the Coats Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Farmers Day Friday Night Gospel Sing and the Farmers Day Main Street activities such as live entertainment, kids park, auto show, trail ride, farm equipment show, vendors and food trucks are postponed until Oct. 29-30. The Friday Night Gospel Sing will be held Oct. 29. Other activities will kick off on Oct. 30.
“This unfortunate board decision was made based on the current weather predictions for this evening and tomorrow,” Bristow said on Friday. “We are sad to have to postpone but we are excited to be able to continue the Farmers Day traditions at later dates...”
Bristow said they will add a new trick-or-treating feature for kids who will be able to receive treats from businesses and vendors between 3 and 5 p.m. on Oct. 30.
“This was the night that we were planning our Treat Street festivities so it will just be an added bonus to be able to offer the kids park and other Farmers Day traditions at the same time,” Bristow said.