BBQ Bash to kick off in Buckhannon | News, Sports, Jobs

BUCKHANNON — The ninth annual Almost Heaven BBQ kicks off Thursday at Jawbone Park in downtown Buckhannon with an evening of food, fun and entertainment.

Running from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., the event will feature exceptional barbecues and other culinary specialties, a balloon artist, face painting and fun family entertainment.

The evening will also include dinner in the park, while adults can enjoy a cold drink at Brokz Beer Garden or take home a feast for the family. Admission is free for all, so the public is encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy great food and family entertainment.

Thursday’s kickoff will include performances by the Lincoln County Cloggers, a Hamlin-based Appalachian dance group performing Irish and Celtic tunes, as well as bluegrass, country, big band, patriotic rock and roll and old.

A new attraction this year will be a bowling and billiards tournament, hosted by Woody’s Bowling Center on the old Elkins Road. Bowling starts at 6 p.m., while billiards begins at 6:30 p.m., with cash and trophies for the winners. Call 304-472-5070 to register or register when you arrive.

Friday, the BBQ Bash will open at 11 a.m., featuring several barbecue and other food vendors, artisans, periodic demonstrations of the Laurel Fork Falconer with a variety of West Virginia birds of prey, a raffle, free sand art for kids, cake and cupcake walks, an extreme balloon artist, face painting and much more for the whole family.

Friday night’s entertainment will stir up rock and roll memories as the ROX Band kicks into high gear from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the Jawbone Park Main Stage playing rock and roll hits, mostly from the 70s and 80s, for a walk down memory lane.

The food and fun continues Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the sweet smell of barbecue filling downtown Buckhannon as 44 teams from 16 states compete for cash, prizes, the right to boast and the title of Grand Champion of West Virginia BBQ with entry to Jack. Daniels International BBQ Tournament and the American Royal BBQ Championship to represent West Virginia.

Bring your classic car or truck to the second annual Main Street Cruise from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (registration opens at 9:30 a.m.) with dashboard plaques to the first 100 participants. There is no fee to enter.

Saturday night’s finale features Ryan Cain and the Ables, 6-8 p.m., bringing their captivating blend of rock and roll, rockabilly, surf-rock instrumentals and honky tonk melodies to Jawbone Park. Don’t miss this high energy group, sponsored by Jenkins Ford.

For more information, call toll-free 866-710-7600 or visit the Almost Heaven BBQ Bash Facebook page for announcements and event updates.

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