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About LexingtonThis town in the heart of the Piedmont region is celebrated for “Lexington-style” barbecue, also known as western-style barbecue. But truth be told, the main difference between this and eastern Carolina barbecue isn't the choice of meat or the way it's cooked, but the ketchup-based sauce. Held in October, The Barbecue Festival features pig races, children's activities, live entertainment and—of course—mouthwatering 'cue.

Take a walk through Historic Uptown Lexington, explore the variety of shops and restaurants and look for examples of the Pigs in the City Art Initiative—there are 65 fiberglass pigs decorated to represent local businesses. Thirty-five can be seen in the Uptown Lexington Business District; pick up a brochure from one of the many shops and restaurants. The Bob Timberlake Gallery, 1714 E. Center St., features works by the local resident and nationally acclaimed painter; phone (800) 244-0095.

Visitor Centers Lexington Tourism Authority 2 N. Main St. Lexington, NC 27292. Phone:(336)236-4218 or (866)604-2389

Self-guiding ToursA walking tour brochure highlighting historic homes and buildings is available from the convention and visitors bureau.

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Richard Childress Racing Museum

WINERIES Childress Vineyards

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Lexington, NC

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites at the Vineyards

351 Vineyards Crossing. Lexington, NC 27295

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