By: Angela Herd
St. Joseph Catholic Church held its 2nd Annual Blues & BBQ Festival this past week-end. The two-day event was a fundraiser to support the church’s ministries that provide free medical care, food, and clothing to the poor and homeless. The proceeds will also be used to help restore the historical church building.
The five barbeque vendors from around the area that participated included Arlene Williams BBQ, Grover T’s BBQ, Dwarf Chicken, Rocky D’s BBQ, and Hot Spot. These vendors brought their smokers and had the entire downtown area smelling of barbeque. They provided a variety of foods at very reasonable prices, and their customers were not disappointed.
Festival attendees were entertained by a wonderful line-up of musicians. The headliners included Michael Wheeler with James Purify, Cat Daddy Band, Glenn Parker & “Tomato”, and Sauce Boss who cooked a pot of gumbo on the stage while he performed. Other bands that were showcased included the Belmont Youth Band, Dr. Breeze, The Blenders, Platinum Premier Band, Backstreet Blues, Pelican 212, and Cristi Dees BAD JUJU. The entertainers provided a variety of good music, kept the festival lively, and had people up on their feet dancing.
This free admission event also included about 20 arts & crafts vendors from around the regional area, raffles, a Silent Auction, and numerous activities for children and teens. The event drew large crowds who came from all around the city and from out-of-town to attend. Co-Chairperson Angela Grier-Heard, stated “This was a very successful event. We had a lot of people, a lot of fun, and God blessed us by holding back the rain until the festival was over. We are so appreciative that so many people came to support our festival, and we hope to see them again next year.”