CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's that time again. The annual mallard creek barbecue kicks off Thursday morning.
"I'm 74 years old and I’ve been here at every one of them I guess,” said church member and volunteer Tommy Oehler.
Oehler has been making barbeque for his church his entire life. It began during the Great Depression when Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church had bills to pay.
"It's a tradition. It's the mallard creek BBQ. And when I was in school we declared this a national holiday,” laughed Oehler.
Over the years the barbeque got bigger and bigger. Today, politicians use the event to shake hands and meet constituents.
This morning when thousands line up or drive up for food, a new generation of church members will be standing by...more than 200 strong and ready to serve!
You can check out the annual event beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday. It continues until all the food is gone.
The address is 11400 Mallard Creek Road in Charlotte. There are drive thru and take out lines.
And you can call ahead for big orders too. Cost for a plate or three sandwiches is $9