Hundreds attend BBQ, Blues & Brews

Months of preparation wrapped up with a region coming together to help restore a local landmark.

The City of Elizabethton was bustling with foot traffic Saturday evening for the inaugural BBQ, Blues and Brews festival at the Covered Bridge Park. Different beer vendors, barbecue restaurants, musicians and organizations joined to help raise money to help with improvements at the Bonnie Kate Theater.

Spearheaded by the Elizabethton/Carter County Community Foundation (ECCCF), a chapter of the East Tennessee Foundation, the event will see the proceeds help restore the roof of the facility.

For a first-ever event of this magnitude at Covered Bridge Park, the ECCCF was excited to see the fruits of the labor, according to Foundation member and festival co-chair Amos Brown.

“It was a really good night. We had a little over 400 attend,” Brown said Monday.

Brown added it was great to see the involvement from the crowd for the BBQ competition with hundreds participating in the fun. Six restaurants from the region competed in the event with Johnson City’s Southern Craft taking home first-place in the fan voting. Moe’s BBQ finished second while Elizabethton’s J’s Corner took home third place honors.

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