BBQ & Blues Festival set for Saturday

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With the BBQ & Blues Festival, the city of Adairsville will serve up an afternoon of fun and philanthropy Saturday.

Along with music and a barbecue competition, the third annual event will bolster funds and awareness for a pair of charities. The complimentary festival will be ongoing from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at historic downtown Adairsville and Logtown.

"Several years ago, the city decided to have a visioning session to determine what the citizens wanted to see more of within their community," said Mollie Smith, marketing and events coordinator for the city of Adairsville. "Events were a major request, so as a result of this the BBQ & Blues Festival was born. From the beginning, it was a success and will be a continued annual festival here in Adairsville.

"This is our community’s version of a backyard barbecue competition. We have judging in smoked chicken wings, ribs, pork loin and our people’s choice category is pulled pork. There is lots of music, food and local artisanal vendors. It’s a great atmosphere with fun activities for the entire family," she said, adding there also will be a Car Cruise-In from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Public Square.

Proceeds garnered from the event's people's choice tickets will benefit the Cancer Navigators and The Cheryl Painter Foundation, which were selected by the city's Events Planning Board. According to last year's ABC Road Race's www.active.com page, Painter "was a lifelong resident of Adairsville, an educator in the community for over 25 years, a mentor to many and a friend to all."

Based in Rome, Cancer Navigators assists cancer patients in northwest Georgia and is funded by grants and donations from the surrounding community.

"For the past few years, [the] city of Adairsville has supported Cancer Navigators, which we are so grateful” said Scharla Battle, community outreach manager for Cancer Navigators. “When they support us, they are supporting their cancer patients within their community. All donations stay local to help patients with gas, food, nutritional supplements, supplies, wigs, financial assistance — if patient qualifies, counseling, support groups and retreats. … These funds will help us continue our services and to be able to help those cancer patients in need.

"Cancer Navigators has been serving our local communities in the northwest Georgia area for over 10 years. Sometimes we still come across people that have never heard of us or they believe we are a national organization. We are located in Rome, and we serve Bartow County residents, as well as, Floyd, Chattooga, Polk and Gordon. We have patients come for assistance from other counties and northeast Alabama. In 2017, we served over 1,500 cancer patients and at least 10 [to] 15 percent of those come from Bartow County."

Further information on the BBQ & Blues Festival can be obtained by visiting www.adairsvillega.net.