UNIONVILLE — Unionville Elementary School held its 72nd annual barbecue on Friday (Nov. 5). Parallel lines of cars entered the campus from Unionville-Indian Trail Road. Then they snaked around the building to the gym, where they picked up boxes of Boston butts and/or Brunswick Stew.

For the second straight year, patrons could only get take-out due to the COVID-19 pandemic; all sales were pre-ordered.

The lines moved efficiently. Monroe Fire Chief Ron Fowler and his daughter volunteered to hand boxes to drivers.

There were 350 pounds cooked for the first BBQ at Unionville in 1949, according to the school’s website (https://www.ucps.k12.nc.us/Page/4206); nowadays, volunteers cook about 15,000 pounds of meat each year.

The annual BBQ is held the first Friday in November, and will be serving again on Nov. 4, 2022.