This will mark the 10th year for the festival, which will highlight some of the biggest barbecue events in Georgia, including the Backyard BBQ, Anything Butt and Peach Dessert contests, as well as the Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned Professional Contest, also known as a Georgia State Championship Barbeque Cookoff. Cash and prizes awarded to contestants will total more than $14,000.
"It's a celebration of the end of the summer and is really one of the last opportunities for our residents to enjoy the weather, good barbeque, live music and all the summer fun before the busy fall schedules return," said Pam Davis, city of Kennesaw media/marketing specialist.
Live music will also be a feature of the festival, with Nashville singer Natalie Stovall and Atlanta's American Flyers taking center stage. Other local and national acts will be featured throughout the two-day festival.
Tables in front of the stage, which seat six people, can be reserved for $50 per table.
A family-friendly Kid Zone with inflatables and games will also be available.
One of the new features this year is an event called Kennesong, which local singers will perform for the community and a mix of music artists and executives. Friday and Saturday's auditions will be videotaped and teleconferenced to a panel of record industry professionals, who will then select three to five finalists.?The public will be able to view each finalist's performance at www.kennesawwifi.net and vote for a winner. The winning performer will get coaching from music professionals, have the opportunity for studio time, and have a shot at a management contract. Because of a limit on the number of participants, preregistration is encouraged. The cost to enter the competition is $10.
On Friday at 5 p.m., the city will attempt to break the official Guinness World Record for the largest dodgeball game ever played. Anyone is free to play and can sign up on site, but participants are encouraged to sign up for the tournament via the city's Web site prior to the game. Following the attempt, members of the city of Kennesaw and Kennesaw State University will participate in a 6-on-6 dodgeball tournament at 7 p.m. on the soccer field at Adams Park.
For more information, visit www.kennesaw-ga.gov/pkrec/bbqfestival or call the City of Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department at (770) 422-9714.