Editorial: Hot Sauce adds sizzle with contest

Sep. 13, 2013 @ 09:50 PM

Forecasters say the high temperature today will be in the 70s, somewhere near 10 degrees cooler than every day this past week.

That will help in Oxford, where the peppers are going to again be smoking in the N.C. Hot Sauce Festival.

The Granville County town will have streets blocked off and thousands swarming in them. There’ll be opportunities to support local entities, like volunteer fire departments selling lunch plates.

Literally, there are opportunities for all ages in the family.

But we’re partial to the pepper-eating contest as one of the best events. Oxford’s Will Smith has won or shared the title each of the last three years.

• Sen. Angela Bryant’s office regularly sends email alerts on events in her district. They’re a helpful way to get the word out to more people.

We were left curious about a recent one. It was a job vacancy listing for a police officer in Wake County. Bryant doesn’t represent Wake County.

She does, however, represent Vance, Warren, Wilson, Halifax and Nash counties. Their respective unemployment rates are 12.9 percent, 11.6, 13.1, 13.2 and 12.5 — ranking Nos. 94, 86, 95, 96 and 93.

Wake is 7.2 percent, 10th-best in the state.

Helping constituents find work is great. But how about job listings within the district? And why this particular police officer listing?

Curious.

• Checking for a Carolina Panthers’ game to see this season?

Pro sporting events often carry sticker shock at the parking lot, ticket window and in the concessions line. But going to Charlotte is better than most places, according to the 2013 Fan Cost Index provided by Team Marketing Report.

The Panthers’ game-day experience — two tickets, parking and two beers — is $166. The beer must be good.

Actually, the Panthers are listed with the least expensive beer in the NFL. It works out to 27 cents per ounce.

The league average game-day experience is $209, with Dallas topping the list at $313 — of which $75 is parking. The Cowboys are also on the other end of the beer list at 53 cents per ounce.

The Cowboys are worth an estimated $2.3 billion, tops in the NFL. Carolina, by the way, is just over $1 billion and ranked 18th of 32 teams.