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Saving the penguins

Local barbecue eatery campaigns to raise awareness, funds to save Antarctic bird population

Posted: May 16, 2014 at 6 a.m.

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Thursday is World Biodiversity Day, an international day of awareness about the variety of life on the planet. Penguin Ed's Bar-B-Que in Fayetteville has announced a campaign to join the Center for Biological Diversity in a mission to save the species of penguins from extinction.

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The penguin mascot began somewhat by chance, but the admiration of the Antarctic bird has been long-standing with owner Ed Knight.

The first penguin statue for the restaurant was made from paper-mache and was perched on top the food truck opened at Crossover Road and Mission Boulevard in Fayetteville in 1993.

Knight revered the penguins for their ability to come together to face harsh conditions, and the public adored the social and quirky animal. Ed’s Barbecue adopted a lifelong mascot, and customers began referring to the restaurant as Penguin Ed’s.

The Antarctic animal became a beacon for the restaurant as it grew, and the collection of penguins grew along with it. Customers began to bring Knight all sizes of penguin novelties. Today, the collection is in the running as the largest in the country.

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