Cars, Crafts & BBQ: Churches unite to raise funds

Cars, Crafts & BBQ: Churches unite to raise funds

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By Denise DuBois

There’s not much better in the South than buying antiques and crafts then moseying over to a table and eating the best barbecue you’ve ever put in your mouth. First Baptist Church and Summerville United Methodist Church in Phenix City are giving you the chance to do just that on April 28 at the BBQ and Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET.

This is the third time the churches have hosted this event. First Baptist is responsible for the barbecue and Summerville UMC handles the crafts.

“This event has taken off and led us to a joint church event with Summerville United Methodist,” said Angela Dawson, one of the event’s organizers. “It’s a crazy, fun day with all the different activities going on. We’ve done very well the last several years.”

Lori White, also a coordinator for the event, said they’ve had the barbecue fund-raiser for more than 10 years.

“Come by and see us. We feed people well at First Baptist,” she said. “Our money goes to various projects in the church, youth and children.”

Vendors are still welcome to attend the event. The cost to be a vendor is $25 per 12×12 rental space. They are accepting local arts and designer crafts, handmade goods and baked goods. Contact Angela Dawson by April 15 at

In addition to barbecue and crafts, there will also be a Custom Car Show sponsored by Mt. Zion Methodist Church. There is a $20 entry fee for all cars. Contact William Spear at (706) 575-3512 for more information.

“The car shows starts at 9 a.m. (ET) and there are maybe 50 classic cars to look at with your family and friends. Then you can move to the craft fair. We’ll have people selling things like pottery, shirts and essential oils. Then we hope you’ll come around to the gym where barbecue will be. We’ll have pork, barbecue chicken, the best Brunswick stew, corn on the cob, ribs and you can purchase a Boston butt. It’s a fun day and we hope everyone can join us,” Dawson said.

The event will be held at 2608 Summerville Rd.