CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46) - Pork and politics, a winning combination for a local church. Since 1929, the annual Mallard Creek Church Barbeque brings voters and candidates face to face.
More than 20,000 people still mark the Mallard Creek event on their political calendar.
Kenneth Chris Tenberry said he's attended the barbeque every year.
"I started off in the drink stand 80 years ago. My dad let me open the Coca-Cola bottles and hand them to him. I couldn't reach the counter," Tenberry said.
In those days, the event was solely about the barbeque. It wasn't until the 1950s, when politicians caught wind of the thousands of people gathered in one place. Today, it serves as a late season campaign stop for many candidates.
"After awhile we put up the bullpen for them to make them stay in one spot. They couldn't aggravate people at the tables. They couldn't talk to anyone they wanted that went through their line."
J.T. Farrich is a voter who is still undecided. He came for the food, fellowship and maybe a meet and greet.
"When they come out they really can't do a whole lot of talking because a lot of people like to surround them and they don't really get to voice their opinion, but I try to ask one question," he said.
A portion of the proceeds from the event Thursday goes towards church missions and the focus of this year is on flood relief in eastern North Carolina.