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This year, we celebrate the ninth anniversary of Smoke on the Mountain, an event that in its short existence has made great strides in putting Galax on the map for the rest of the country.
Every year, it attracts thousands — barbecue teams, judges, tourists, fans and locals — to enjoy two days of high-spirited competition and many other festivities.
Locals can get out, celebrate, eat, mingle with old friends and meet new ones.
Tourists get a taste, not just of good food and entertainment, but of the city itself and what it has to offer.
And the city gets an economic boost from the temporary population surge spending money in local shops, gas stations, lodging and restaurants.
Better yet, the event’s profits go straight into the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s account, where the money is used to help with charitable donations aimed at education, leadership, business development and other aspects that contribute to our city’s growth.
As Smoke on the Mountain continues to grow, the community has a lot of people to thank, including themselves. The event relies heavily on donations and volunteer help each year from anyone and everyone willing to lend a hand.
Sponsors and donors are needed to make the event a continued success. Monetary donations and business sponsorships ensure that more is left over to benefit the community after expenses are paid.
A donation of time eases stress among the core group of folks who literally work year-round to make this a successful venture.
It’s no question that these are tough economic times, so concepts like donating are commonly met with hesitation. But if we want a city that will give us an opportunity for progress, the best way to ensure that is for the community to put something into it first.