Get ready for the Tri County BBQ Competition on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Kerr Lake Country Club, 600 Hedrick Dr., Henderson, hosted by Helping All People Excel – HAPE, a 501c3.  

This family-friendly event will feature 10-15 teams competing in the BBQ competition, along with music, vendors, raffles and more for the residents of Vance County and surrounding areas. 

Proceeds from the Tri County BBQ Competition will be used to provide college essentials to 25 recent high school graduates from Vance County and surrounding areas. These items will include: laundry detergent, soap, toothpaste and twin extra-long sheets, items that are essential for college, but in most cases not covered by financial aid or scholarships.  

For more information on this event, sponsorship opportunities, a vendor application or how to make a donation, contact Tracy Mosley at 252-432-1131 or email


About HAPE

Helping All People Excel was created to do just what the name suggests — Help All People Excel. The nonprofit goes by the acronym HAPE, pronounced happy. HAPE was formed in 2014 and received 501c3 status in 2017. The mission is to increase the student persistence (percentage) rate of youth in urban and underprivileged areas from high school to college; then college to a successful career through access and exposure to various career fields.