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Get your barbecue, blues and brews at Covered Bridge Park on Saturday

John Thompson • Sep 19, 2017 at 8:14 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Do you like to sample barbecue from several of the best purveyors of barbecue in the region and wash it down with some of the best local beers?

To make it even better, how about doing the tasting next to Elizabethton’s iconic Covered Bridge?

Now, lets bring in a couple of blues bands to really make it a memorable event for all your senses.

That is the plan for Saturday at the Covered Bridge Park, beginning at 4 p.m. Best of all the reason for this celebration of the three B’s is a fourth B. That B is the Bonnie Kate Theater.

The BBQ, Blues and Brews event is sponsored by the Elizabethton/Carter County Community Foundation. That is the group that rescued the Bonnie Kate from creditors last year with a large fundraising campaign. The foundation paid off the creditors, then donated the 1926-era movie theater to the city because the foundation's charter prohibits the organization from owning real estate.

But the foundation remains committed to renovating the theater. That is where BBQ, Blues and Brews comes in. This is just one of many fundraisers the foundation will hold to raise the funds for the renovations to the old building. Plans are to convert it into a performing arts center for the community.

The festivities will include a 5-kilometer run, a barbecue contest, live music and local food and drink.

Things will get started with the 5K run and one-mile walk at 4 p.m. That will be followed by a barbecue contest between some of the best purveyors of barbecue in the area, washed down with some of the best local beers and made even more enjoyable with some great live music featuring My New Favorites and this mountain.

The competitors in the barbecue contest include: J's Corner, Jiggy Ray's, Moe's Original BBQ, Smotkehouse BBQ, Southern Craft BBQ, Wayne's BBQ and Hokie Smokie.

Tickets are on sale now at etf.wevconnex.cim/eccfbbb. Packages include $20 tickets to BBQ and Blues. The $30 ticket includes the entire festival with three beer tickets.

Visit werunevents.com to register for the 5K run or one-mile walk beginning at 4 p.m.

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