Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007
Barbecue, blues highlight Kudzu Fest
Get ready to show your chops at the 19th Annual Kudzu Festival – finally returning to the historic Holly Springs Square, October 25- 27.
Master grillers and amateurs are invited to compete head-to-head for bragging rights in the Kansas City-sanctioned Mississippi State Barbecue Championship, held for the first time in Holly Springs.
The Kudzu Festival is a project of the Chamber of Commerce.
Friday, October 26, the aroma-filled square will be brimming with barbecue enthusiasts from across the state competing for cash and prizes to see who’s got the best pork ribs, chicken, beef brisket, pork shoulder, sauce, baked beans, dessert and ‘anything butt.’ Grand champion will receive $1,500 and free entry to compete in the 28th annual Kansas City Royal Barbecue, the mack-daddy of all barbecue competitions, in Kansas City, Mo.
“We are so ecstatic to not only host such a huge barbecue event so close to Memphis, but also to get so many legendary performers such as the Kenny Brown Band, Gary Burnside and Burnside Exploration, Ralph Waller and the Tough Street Band, David Kimbrough Jr., Duwayne Burnside and the Mississippi Mafia, and Pat Sullivan,” said Stephanie Movre, Holly Springs Tourism Bureau director. “We hope to have a huge turnout of local teams and have even created a special category just for local industry teams; so if you’re interested please apply now because spaces are limited.”
Applications and additional information can be found online at www.visithollysprings.org or by calling 888-687-4765.
The festivities begin Thursday, October 25, at 5 p.m. with discount armband night at the PBJ Happee Days Carnival, and Gospel Jamboree Competition on the Budweiser Soundstage.
The fun rolls on Friday with the kickoff of the barbecue championship, Pat Sullivan on stage, and will finish with a bang on Saturday with the Killer Kudzu 5K Run at 9 a.m., arts and crafts on the courthouse lawn, judging and prizes awarded for the barbecue championship beginning at 11 a.m., and Hill Country Blues on the Budweiser Soundstage until we run out of sauce.
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