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BBQ & Blues expects national attention

Cook team applications are now available for the 12th annual Barnesville BBQ & Blues Festival which will be held April 21-22. After the board’s decision to join the Kansas City BBQ Society, the world’s largest organization of BBQ and grilling enthusiasts, last July, the committee is expecting its biggest festival yet. ’At one time, BBQ & Blues was the biggest FBA competition in the country,’ said event logistics coordinator T.J. Imberger. ‘We hope to expand the festival with KCBS and make it into the largest barbecue competition in Georgia. We also hope to bring back the festival’s heritage and provide an atmosphere that community members will enjoy.’ Partnering with KCBS has enabled the festival committee to draw teams from all over the country. ’We are looking to have a minimum of 32 teams this year but, in all likelihood, we will have a good deal more than that,’ said festival chairman Kevin Cole. ‘This year presents an opportunity to have the best cooking competition that we have seen thus far. KCBS has even provided representatives for each event with a step by step guide to ensure that we are up to code and are offering the best competition possible.’ Since the festival is centered around its BBQ competition, the event’s biggest attribute is its cook teams. The theme for this year’s festival highlights the idea that the team is the event. As the past, local teams are invited to compete with others from around the country. All teams will be provided with a unique historic downtown location, small town hospitality and a personal hospitality crew. Applications are now also available for KCBS certified judges. Applications may also be mailed to: BBQ & Blues, P.O. Box 506, Barnesville, Ga, 30204.

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