When the curtain officially rises on the 7th annual BBQ & Blues Festival Thursday afternoon, visitors and home folk alike will enjoy the culmination of a yearlong effort by a dedicated team of volunteers.This is a lot of work. We couldn’t do it without the City of Barnesville.They have been incredible. The county has also been a big help.And, nothing would be possible without our volunteers. We have a team of 110 volunteers dedicated to making this festival the best ever,’ event chairman T.J. Imberger said.As an example of the city effort, Imberger pointed out temporary water lines being run down Greenwood Street for the event.’We heard from merchants that they wanted to keep Market Street open so we are doing that. To accomplish it, we will have to close part of Greenwood St. and the water is being run to serve the cook teams impacted by the change,’ Imberger said.Greenwood will be closed from the United Bank drive-thru to Swatts Street. Swatts Street and the RR crossing at Elm Street will remain open.During the main music event Saturday night at Ritz Park, Forsyth Street will be closed from Main Street to College Drive.There will be plenty of officers on hand to direct traffic in the area, Imberger assured.’We are fortunate to have the volunteers and the local government cooperation we have. On behalf of myself, the chamber and the committee, I want to express my sincere thanks to all those who help and to our merchants for their understanding,’ Imberger concluded.