• 2016 Grand Champion

  • 2016 Reserve Champion

  • Scholarship Winner

  • Family Fun
    With free, live music, a custom auto show, and a kid’s park, our event has fun for the whole family!


2016 BBQ & Blues Festival

On April 22-23, downtown Barnesville will host the Barnesville BBQ & Blues Festival. In 2013, the BBQ competition was featured on the television show BBQ Pitmasters and in 2014 it celebrated its 10th anniversary. The event is sanctioned by the Florida BBQ Association and was declared a State Championship Cook-off by Governor Sonny Perdue in 2009. Last year, 38 pro cook teams competed in the event, which was also an automatic qualifier for the World Food Championships held in Las Vegas, NV.

The Barnesville-Lamar County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that the 2016 event committee will be awarding its 9th annual scholarship in memory of the late Mayor Dewaine T. Bell. The scholarship is paid for by festival sponsorships as well as memorial paper pig sales.

The Custom Auto and Truck Show will feature cars, trucks, motorcycles, or any year custom vehicle or race cars. The show will be held in the United Bank parking lot and will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 23. Registration is $20.00 per car.

The 2016 Barnesville BBQ & Blues Festival will certainly be an event you will not want to miss. We encourage you to participate as a spectator, pro-cook team, musician, or vendor. For more information, please contact the Chamber at (770) 358-5884.