The sounds of bluegrass and the smells of barbecue will fill the air at Evans Towne Center Park this weekend.
The third annual Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que and Bluegrass Festival begins at 5 p.m. Friday. Live entertainment and other events will continue Saturday at 11 a.m.
The festival, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, will pit cookers from across the country against each other for more than $40,000 in prize money.
The festival features two stages of live music both days, including bluegrass acts Drive-By Truckers and Ketch and Critter from Old Crow Medicine Show on Saturday evening. Mountain Heart will headline Friday evening.
Friday evening begins with a “bragging rights” steak cook-off by the about 60 cooking teams and a Kids Cook-Off, where children can register to grill burgers for prizes.
The barbecue cooking teams will face off Saturday. Many of the teams will sell their barbecue.
Also at the family event will be pig races, a petting zoo and a playground.
Tickets to the festival cost $35, with a $5 discount for those with military identifications and active law enforcement. Kids 12 and younger get in free. Tickets are available for purchase at A.B. Beverage in Evans and Aiken, Communigraphics and Fireside Outdoor Kitchens and Grills.
The festival benefits the Joseph R. Pond Memorial Foundation, which donates to local charities through the CSRA Community Foundation.
For more information, visit www.banjobque.com or call (706) 855-8555.
Boat-in Movie Night
The remake of a popular 1980s musical will be shown Saturday at Wildwood Park.
Footloose, released in theaters across the country in 2011, is the featured movie of he park’s Boat-in Movie Night at Clarks Hill Lake.
The movie, rated PG-13, will start at dusk on an outdoor screen.
Admission is free by boat, or $3 for cars.
Wildwood Park is located at 3780 Dogwood Lane in Appling.
Call (706) 541-0586 for more information.
High School Baseball State Championships
Greenbrier High School faces one final hurdle Saturday in their quest to win the 2012 GHSA Class AAAA baseball title.
The Wolfpack will travel to Loganville, Ga., to take on the Red Devils of Loganville High School. The doubleheader is slated to start at 2 p.m., with the nightcap scheduled about 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.
If necessary, a third game would be played at 2 p.m. Monday.
This is head coach Chris Wilkins’ first appearance in a title game.
The Wolfpack, 30-3, have not won 30 games or more since 2006. They last won the state title in 2007.
The team will be facing a Red Devils squad that enters the game with a 29-8 record.