As is always the case, profits from the event will go to the restoration of the Bonnie Kate Theater. This time the theater’s board of directors will use proceeds to install a sprinkler system in the ground floor of the theater.
The project has already been bid out and the low bidder was Johnson Controls Fire Protection.
As the name of the festival suggests, this is about enjoying some East Tennessee barbecue, washed down with some of the region’s best craft beer, while enjoying some live blues music.
This year’s bands include Samantha Gray and Billy Crawford, Blue Fox and the Julie Williams Band.
The purveyors of the barbecue include downtown Elizabethton’s new eatery: Big Dan’s. The restaurant opened recently just across the Elk Avenue Bridge from the Covered Bridge Park. The other barbecue purveyors include downtown Elizabethton’s Southern Restaurant, Elizabethton’s Rivers Edge Country Style Barbecue, Roan Mountain’s Bob’s Dairyland, Johnson City’s Southern Craft Barbecue, Mad B Productions and OE’s Roadside Grill.
The craft beers will be coming from one provider: downtown Elizabethton’s first tap house, Riverside Taphouse.
A section of the Covered Bridge Park will be fenced off and entrance will be by wristband. The wristbands are $10 for children 12 and under; $20 for adults; and $30 for an adult wristband and three beer tokens.
In case of bad weather, the event will be held at the East Tennessee Sports Complex, 103 Smoky Mountain Place, in the Watauga Industrial Park.
For more information and to order tickets, go to www.bbqbluesandbrews.org.