Got a comment on Facebook the other day that the Tri-State BBQ Festival web site has too much information and they couldn’t find what they needed. There IS a great deal of information, but that’s only because there’s so much to see, do and enjoy in the day and a half it’s open to the public.
Here’s a brief synopsis of the event so you can mark your calendar, put it on your phone or tatoo it on your leg- whatever you need to do to remember!
The Tri-State BBQ Festival is April 13-14 at the Houston County Farm Center in Dothan, AL. It’s outside, so bring a chair or blanket if you want to enjoy the concerts in the evening. We have limited seating in the dining tent and the Tavern Tent, but not in front of the stage.
Friday night is the BBQ Bash. The gates are open from 5pm- 10pm. Music on stage from 6-9:30. Food and drink vendors open from 5-9:30. Inflatables for kids to play on for free from 5-9.
Saturday April 14 it’s all about BBQ. Gates open from 10 am – 10 pm. (Everything listed below is included in your admission ticket) Music all day, and KJams concert at 7:00 pm. Cooking classes throughout the day at the Lang Q-School. BBQ Samples during the people’s choice from 2:30-4pm. Car show from 10-2. Free samples at the Franks Hot Sauce booth, free popcorn at the Carmike Cinemas Booth, free ice cream at the Blue Bell Ice Cream Booth until supplies run out. Free inflatables for kids to play on from 10-8. Free arts and crafts project until supplies run out.
There are also rides (for a fee) at the event. Most of the rides are kid-sized. No coolers are allowed in, but there’s three beer tents on Saturday (only two on Friday night) so shouldn’t be long lines for ice cold beverages.
The show BBQ Pitmasters will be filming all weekend, but will be focusing on the cook teams on Saturday. That will be the best time to watch them shooting for their Season Three episodes. They ask that you be respectful of their “set” and do not walk in front of the cameras when they are shooting.
That’s about it for the “basic information” update. All of this is on the web site under various headings, but sometimes it gets lost in all the posts and information. Half price tickets are only available for another week, but they’re only $10 for adult tickets after April 1st. Still affordable family fun, and there’s so much to see and do for free once inside.