AYDEN — Ayden and barbecue have a long history together, and that connection was smoked out during a Business After Hours event last week that also served as a soft launch for the town’s new branding campaign: ‘Que Marks the Spot.

Business owners and residents gathered at the Ayden Museum for the Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event, which explained how barbecue helped shape the town through an exhibit dedicated to the crowd-pleasing smoked meat.

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