Charlotte, N.C. - It's probably the biggest politicking event in the area. The Mallard Creek BBQ is a blend of pork and local politics. The event is expected to draw about 20,000 people Thursday. We got a behind-the-scenes look at one of the main attractions and why it's so important for our local politicians.
A lot of history can be found in this stew. The church has been using the same recipe for decades. It’s Rusty Wallace’s great aunt’s special stew.
"Back when they started 86 years ago, they just started with one pot under a tree and people took turns stirring it," said Wallace.
Now, there are about a dozen pots. This Thursday will be the 86th Annual Mallard Creek Barbecue put on by Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church.
"Most of the proceeds that come from this go out to other charities. We send it to needy areas. Flooding areas in South Carolina will be where most of our proceeds will probably go to," said Wallace.
But the event isn't just about the pork. It's also about the politics.
"It is so important for all candidates, especially local candidates. They don't have the money to do TV ads, twitter campaigns," said Davidson College Political Science Professor Dr. Susan Roberts.
Roberts says the BBQ is an important meet-and-greet for local politicians to impress voters.
"People do look around sometimes not just to see who is there, but what candidate is not there. If you're out there and meet and greet, you want that vote. Voters appreciate that," said Roberts.
Of course, if you go Thursday, you don't have to walk through the political line to get your BBQ and stew.
The event kicks off Thursday at 10 o'clock.
The church gives away about 40-50,000 dollars of the funds raised to charities.