October 21st and 22nd
On the Washington waterfront


Is your BBQ the best in the East? There is only one way to find out! You have to sign up and compete in Smoke On The Water. SOTW is the premier whole hog BBQ competition in eastern North Carolina.


Chili is a big part of the BBQ world, and each year the best of the best come to Smoke On The Water to compete for the top prize. Raise temperatures and funds for local charities all while showing the world that eastern North Carolina is boss in the Chili world.


The 5K will benefit Washington Montessori Public charter schools field trips that are dedicated to expanding our students’ leadership and learning experiences. Our mission is to inspire academic excellence; to nurture curiosity, creativity, and imagination; and to do so within an environment rich with warmth, kindness and respect.

Friday October 21

4:00 pm                              Washington Rotary Clock Dedication

4:00-8:00 pm                     Amusements Open – Free to the public in Crab Park

4:00 – 8:00 pm                   United Way Hot Dog Sale

4:00-9:00 pm                     Vendor area opens

5:00 pm                             BBQ Chief Cookers Meeting at HQ RV

6:15 pm                              Pig Parade

7:00 pm                              Pig-Cooking Showmanship Competition Judging

8:00 pm                             BBQ Pigs Delivered to Competitive Cookers

7  pm – 10 pm                    Live Music on the Ribeye’s Deck

10 pm                                 Live Music continues in Ribeyes Angus Room


Saturday October 22

7:30-10:30 am                    Civitan Club breakfast fundraiser

8:00 am                              5K Race begins

8:00 am                              BBQ Cook Off Judging Begins

8:00 am – 12:00 pm           Car Show Registration

9:00 am – 9:30 am             Chili Cookers Set-Up (Chamber Parking lot)

9:00 am – 11:00 am          WERO LIVE REMOTE

9:00 am – 11:00 am           United Way (Festival Park)

9:00 am –  5:00 pm            Amusements, Train Rides, Kids Zone (Crab Park), Artisans & Vendors open

10:00 – 11:30 am               Live Music by Noah Cobb (on the Ribeye’s Deck)

9:30 am                             Chili Cooks Meeting (Chili Tent on grass by Ribeye’s)

10:00 am                            Iron Order Benefit Ride Registration for the BOCO Animal Shelter begins

10:00 am                            Chili Cook Off Judging Begins

10:00 am – 4:00 pm           Classic Car Show

10:00 am                            Chili Sales Begin (Chamber Parking Lot)

Saturday October 22

10:00 am                            BBQ Sales Begin (Ribeye’s Parking Lot)

10:00 am                            AOP Chili Bowl Sales Begin (Chamber Parking Lot)

10:00 am                            AOP Chalk Fest Begins (Crab Park)

11:00 am – 2:00 pm           Literacy Volunteer READS (KID ZONE TENT at Crab Park)

11:30 am – Noon               BBQ  & Chili Contest Awards Announced (Ribeye’s Deck)

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm           Live Music by Chuck Phillips (Ribeye’s Deck)

1:00 pm                             Iron Order Benefit Ride for the BOCO Animal Shelter begins

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm             Live Music Alex Williams (Ribeye’s Deck)

2:00 pm                              ECU Storybook Theater (Kids Zone at Crab Park)

4:00 pm                             Car Show Awards

5:00 pm                              Festival ends

7 pm                                   Ribeyes Angus Room opens for Football

10 pm                                 Live music in Ribeyes Angus Room

Captain Cook’s restaurant on the Washington waterfront will be hosting $5, $10 and $20 cornhole tournaments
Saturday, Oct. 22nd beginning at 1 pm”


Do you want to share your product or services with tens of thousands of hugry customers? Then sign up to be a vendor at Smoke On The Water. Just download, fill out and return the application and guidelines and you will be on the way.