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Barbecue canceled

Singing still on for drive-up concert in Columbus

COLUMBUS—The annual barbecue for the Columbus Fire Department has been canceled this year.

The singing at Veteran’s Park will still be held on July 2 and 3.

Columbus Fire Chief Tony Priester said he just could not work out the food because of costs.

The fire department has an annual fundraiser the week of July 4 by selling barbecue, hamburgers and hot dogs, but the cost of food has risen since the pandemic. The town canceled its annual Fabulous July 4th festival as well because of governor’s orders on gatherings.

The singing will begin at 7 p.m. both nights with people driving up to the concerts. There will be 4 bands each night.

Priester said they have plans in place to park cars. Social distancing is encouraged.

The 47th annual Columbus Fire Department singing will be at Veteran’s Park.

Donations for the fire department will be taken at the singing and people can also donate to the fire department either through its website or mailing a check to P.O. Box 713, Columbus, N.C. 28722.

Bands playing on July 2 will include King James Boys, Brazells, Jackson Family and Price Trio.

Bands scheduled for July 3 include Mike Upright, Brian Birchfield, Fields of Grace and Principles.