• Press Release

  • Barnesville BBQ & Blues is only three months away!

    January 13, 2022

    We’re officially well into January! And you know what that means? Barnesville BBQ & Blues Festival is only three months away! We’re starting to get really excited for this year’s BBQ festival. It’s always a good time, and we’re ready to usher in the spring with live music, great food, vendors, and family fun! The event will be on Friday, April 14th (5 p.m. – 10 p.m.) and Saturday, April 15th (10 a.m. – 7 p.m.) at 315 Thomaston St. Barnesville, GA 30204.

    Barnesville BBQ & Blues Festival, as well as our other chamber events and festivals throughout the year, are fundraisers for our local community. We attract visitors from near and far who attend our events! Visitors love exploring all the little shops and attractions in and around our community! Not only does this bring revenue to support local Lamar County restaurants and shops, but also the sales tax dollars collected from all sales give our city & county revenue to improve the quality of life for all citizens of Lamar County.

    Last year, there was live music, food, kids park and GBA BBQ Competitors… but this year we’re taking it up a notch! We’ll still have your favorites, live music, kids park and MORE Food Vendors than ever before, but we’re also adding exhibitors selling crafts & other services (Massage Anyone?)! We’ve also expanded our Taster’s Alley Competition to fill in for not having the GBA BBQ Competition.

    Taster’s Alley Competition is open to anyone. We are encouraging local Steak & BBQ restaurants in Lamar County and surrounding counties to come and compete, as well as any Backyard BBQ Heroes ready to flex their skills! We have only 20 spaces available, and winners will receive CASH PRIZES!

    The best part about this competition is Taster’s Alley, will be judged by the Public! Admission to the festival and Taster’s Alley is free, but to be a public judge you must purchase a token kit. Purchase your token kit ($20) and enjoy 20 random samples from our contestants! Use the GOLDEN token to vote for your favorite! Contestants will have samples available for Judging ONLY between 1pm-3pm on Saturday. Token kits are available for pre-purchase while supplies last! (Only 250 token kits available). Token kit will be available for pick up at the Taster’s Alley entrance at 12:45pm Saturday. Winners will be announced at 5pm!

    Winners will be crowned the following champions:

    Grand Champion: $1,250

    Reserve Grand Champion: $1,000

    Backyard Hero: $750

    The Entertainers: $500

    Chamber Favorite: $300

    Last Little Piggy: $250


    Of course, attending the event is one way to support our community. There are other ways to get involved with BBQ & Blues. You can:

    Apply to be a Sponsor

    Apply to be a Taster’s Alley Competitor

    Apply to be a Food Vendor

    Apply to be an Exhibitor (Craft Vendor, Games or Services)

    Apply to be a Performer


    We hope to see you at Barnesville BBQ & Blues 2023! We’re looking forward to tasting some delicious BBQ, listening to some great live music, checking out the food and craft vendors’ stands, and, of course, fundraising for our community!