Blues, Brews & BBQ is back in Farmington on Friday and Saturday, offering great music, tasty brews, delicious BBQ, and more.
Friday Night at 5:45 PM and Saturday Morning at 11 AM, gates open
Open to all. Festival attendees will find blues musicians, craft beer gardens (wristbands are available to those over 21), unique food, and contests such as the St. Louis BBQ Society-approved BBQ contest.
It’s a great way to start the weekend! “Ain’t No Thang Butta Chicken Wang (and beer)”Volunteer cook. Contestants receive a cup, as well as a turn-in container to help them make the best combination of beer and wings (enough for six people). At 8:30 PM, turn in is required. The scoring system is either chicken-based or combination. There is no entry fee. Every donation is donated to a local charity that will fund digging a water well in rural Kenya.
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Paul Grindstaff (event organizer) stated that as of last week, 19 teams signed up to compete in the barbecue competition and that many more are expected.
Grand Champion wins $2,500, plus a custom Trophy; Reserve Grand Champions receive $1,750 and a Custom Trophy; First Place is $500; Second Place is $350; Third Place is $250; Fourth Place has $200; Fifth Place is $100; Fifth Place has $100. Fifth Place is $100. Grindstaff can be reached at 573-366-8540, or via email at [email protected]
Friday night music includes Mojo Risin’ at 5 p.m.; SRV Experience at 7 p.m. and Kilborn Alley 9 p.m. Food, drinks, and craft vendors will open from 5 p.m. up to the gates closing around 10:30 p.m. Chainsaw Carving & Blacksmith also open from 5 p.m. through 10:30 p.m.
Fields of Eden will be performing on Saturday at 11 a.m.; Big Deal Band at 12:30 p.m.; Nathan Bryce & Loaded Dice at 22:30 p.m.; Ivas John Band at 5 p.m.; Joanna Connor and Honey Island Swamp Band at 9 p.m.; Joanna Connor at 7:30 p.m.
CASA’s Kid Zone will be open from noon to 4 p.m. For children, Christian the Magician’s magic will amaze them.
Autos 4 Autism Car Show takes place at Dress 2 Impress Resale Boutique, 117 E. Columbia St. from noon to 3 pm. It is the second year running of this show.
First State Community Bank will sponsor the FSCB Cares Single Elimination Cornhole Tournament. This tournament will take place at Washington Street between Music Makers Federal, Ozarks Federal, and Music Makers Federal, First State Community Bank. Check-in begins at 1:05 pm. The competition starts at 2pm. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winning entries. The entry fee is $30 for one-time purchaseback and $20 to register. Teams can register at First State Community Bank’s downtown office. Teams can also register the day before if spaces remain.
Kevin R. Jenkins manages the Farmington Press. He can be reached by calling 573-783-9667. [email protected]