Island Men Backyard BBQ Cook Rescheduled for this Saturday 

KURE BEACH — The Island Men’s Annual BBQ Cook-Off was rescheduled from this past Saturday, due to heavy rains. Instead, it’s been rescheduled to take place next weekend, April 29.

The cookout will have more than 20 smokers competing to win the first-place trophy at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area. Gates open at 11 a.m. with winners announced at 4 p.m.

A family-friendly event, the event includes live music from The Phantom Playboys and The South Tones, as well as line dancing with the troupe Beaches and Boots. More than 40 makers will be vending at the event, and there will be a children’s entertainment area, including a bouncy and slide, as well as games.

Admission is $10 for 10 tickets to taste BBQ from participating teams; additional tickets will be sold to taste all 20 entries. Children under 12 are admitted free and there is free parking.

All proceeds from the event go back into the community to help various civic, athletics and nonprofit organizations. Last year, the event drew in 1,500 attendees and this year numbers are expected to top 2,000.