If the weather cooperates, big crowds are expected for the Main Street BBQ & Bluesfest this weekend on and around the Main and Elm parking lot.
The ninth annual event will feature live blues music, a barbecue competition, sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society, and a food court.
The festival is sponsored by Downtown Washington Inc.
“It’s going to be a fun weekend with lots for people to do,” said Bridgette Kelch, executive director. “Our chairman, Joe McGowan, and the committee have been working hard to plan a wonderful event for the community. In addition to the barbecue and blues music, Grace’s Place Vintage Market and ACOW’s Art Walk also will be taking place.”
Kelch said close to 50 teams will compete for prizes and cash in the barbecue contest, which includes a public tasting event Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. with teams competing for People’s Choice.
People’s Choice tickets are $10 for regular entry or $11 for VIP early entry.
Additionally, a motorcycle show is planned for Sunday with trophies and People’s Choice awards as well, she said.
Live music will be featured all weekend. The entertainment lineup is as follows:
Friday — Brian Curran, 5 to 7 p.m., followed by Bumblebee Bob Kamoske, 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Saturday — Paul Cockrum Trio, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Kingdom Brothers, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.; and Washmo Blues Society, 5 to 8 p.m.
Sunday — BagLunch Blues Band, noon to 4 p.m.
Kelch said the festival hours are the same as the entertainment schedule.
Vendors selling vintage, vintage repurposed or vintage upcycled items will be set up along Main and Elm streets. The vendors will be open from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 21. On Saturday, April 22, booths will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 23, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kelch estimates about 15,000 people will visit the festival over the three days.