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NC Hot Sauce Contest

Twelve years ago Julia Overton, Owner of Stovall's Gifts located at 100 Main Street in historic downtown Oxford, hosted an event in her store to promote North Carolina products, specifically hot sauces. From that event, the NC Hot Sauce Contest was born and grown to encompass the four main streets in downtown; College, Main, Hillsboro, and Williamsboro Streets as well as several side streets. With the support and sponsorship of companies that believed in this event since day one such as Bailey Farms, (the largest pepper producer/distributor on the eastern seaboard), Union Bank, and other prominent sponsors, we are able to welcome approximately 18,000 visitors to our town each year. The City of Oxford host over 200 vendors that are all here to sell, sample, and enter their special sauces in the hottest contest around.

Earlier Event: July 14
Hawg Sauce Tasting - Harris Teeter
Later Event: October 27
Lexington Barbecue Festival