Local BBQ festival to be featured on "Holy Smokers" premiere tonight

Vendors preparing for the 2013 St. Nicholas BBQ festival in Conway.

The St. Nichols BBQFest, held every year in Conway, will be featured on the premier of the television show "Holy Smokers" tonight.

"Holy Smokers," which is about church-sponsored BBQ fundraisers and the competition they foster, airs on the Discovery Network's "Destination America" channel for the first time tonight at 8 p.m.

Filming for this episode started in early October 2013 and highlighted some of Conway's downtown and riverfront, as well as St. Paul's Church, the founding sponsor of the festival.

The film crew returned in November to catch the cook-off and interview those participating.

"We are excited to be selected for the pilot episode of "Holy Smokers", said John Wilkins, the co-chairman of the festival. "The national exposure will be good for our festival, and for Horry County and Conway, as well. We are hoping that this national coverage will attract even larger crowds, enabling us to provide even greater support to our area's service organizations".

In 2013 the Festival contributed nearly $24,000 to charitable organizations within Horry County. Wilkes said 2013 was their largest festival to date with over 8,000 people in attendance.

The 2014 St. Nicholas BBQFest--the BBQ War Between the States--is slated for Saturday, November 15.

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