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BBQ & Blues makes comeback April 21-23

By Kay S. Pedrotti In just a few weeks, locals and visitors can enjoy fun, barbecue, two concerts, barbecue, a Kids Park, barbecue and car show – in other words, ‘Go Pig or Go Home!’ That’s the theme of the returning BBQ & Blues festival April 22-23, supplanted last year by ‘Battle of the Bones’ and its alternative music schedule. Chamber of commerce board chair Stacey Ard, festival chairman Tim Rooks and interim president Jessica Farr have been busy pulling things together. The event actually starts Thursday, April 21 with the ‘˜Business after Hours’ at United Bank. Satellite competitions start Friday April, 22 with local contests for those wishing to cook barbecue sauce, wings or dessert. The fee to enter these is $15 for each category, Farr said. On Friday night, the concert with DJ NayNay and Lady Creech is free. The key feature for Saturday, April 23 is professional judging of barbecue cooking teams, along with the People’s Choice award. Festival-goers can pay $10 for up to 24 samples, depending on the number of teams entered. Kids Park will be available both Friday and Saturday with a $10 armband for all-you-can-play in effect both days. Local blues performers including Seminole Jackson will be playing during both daytime portions of the festival. Saturday’s Car Show will be in the United Bank main parking lot, with awards at 4:30 p.m. Saturday night’s concert at Ritz Park will feature Jonathan Parrot, lead singer for Eleven Standing Still, and Backwoods Branded, returning here after a concert last year. BBQ & Blues T-shirts are now available for sale at the chamber offices at Commerce Place between Swatts-Ginn and Holmes Streets. Prices are $12 for sizes S-XL and $15 for sizes 2X-4X.

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