WALTON COUNTY – Communities In Schools of Walton County and the Walton County Municipal Association will present the 2nd Annual Walton County BBQ Festival on March 12 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM at Criswell Park in Monroe. Walton EMC is the title sponsor for the event, which is a fund-raiser for Communities In Schools.
More than 30 professional barbecue teams from all over Georgia will compete in the cook-off, which is sanctioned by the Georgia BBQ Association. Teams will compete in the categories of ribs, loin and pulled pork. Prizes will be awarded prizes for grand and reserve champions and in ten places for each category.
More than 25 craft and commercial vendors will sell an array of products, including jewelry, home décor, wood crafts, clothing, packaged foods, toys and more. Food vendors will sell a variety of festival foods including funnel cakes, popcorn, pork skins, shaved ice, fruit drinks, ice cream, cake pops and other treats. Three of the competition teams will sell barbecue plates and others will have chicken, fish and Cuban sandwiches available for purchase.
Festival-goers will be able to sample the competition barbecue and vote for their favorites in the Walton Tribune People’s Choice Contest. Packs containing 6 bite-sized samples will be sold for $5. Samples are limited and will be available for sale beginning at 11:00AM.
A full day of entertainment is scheduled including performances by Walton County favorite, Funky Bluester, and the Common Ground Band along with the Georgia Twirlettes, Kim’s Major Tae Kwon Do and the Youth Middle School Jazz Band.
McNair Amusements will provide a children’s activity area including five super-sized inflatable play structures, carnival games, face painting and a petting zoo featuring Clyde the Camel and other animals. The cost for each attraction will be $1. Armbands for unlimited all-day play including all attractions can be purchased for $10 each or family-packs of up to four bands for $20.
The event raises funds to support Communities In Schools of Walton County, the local affiliate of the nation’s largest drop-out prevention organization. Its mission is to help students stay in school and achieve in life. CIS operates inside seven local schools and partners with agencies across Walton County to ensure that students can overcome personal barriers and get the support they need to graduate and prepare for productive adulthood. The organization serves more than 7500 students in the Walton County and Social Circle school districts.
More than 50 local organizations and individuals have sponsored the event, led by Walton EMC as title sponsor. Other top contributors include Hitachi, The Walton Tribune, Clearview Regional Medical Center, Meadows Funeral Home, Oxton Senior Living, and Standridge Color Corporation. A complete listing of sponsors and other event details can be found at www.wcbbq.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/waltonbbq.