According to www.euharlee.com, “Covered Bridge ’Que will be sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, the world’s largest competition cooking organization. This State Championship event will also be a qualifier for the Georgia BBQ Championship and the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational. Teams from all across the state will bring their competition smoking rigs to Frankie Harris Park to battle for points, bragging rights and a share of the $7,500 prize purse.”
Presented by the city of Euharlee, the ’Que will be expanding its offerings this year, with a June 7 concert and the People’s Choice Competition and the KidsQ — a barbecue contest for youth younger than 12 — June 8.
On the eve of the ’Que on June 7, patrons will be able to obtain a sneak peak of professional teams preparing for the competition and listen to music provided by Randall Mullinax from 7 to 10 p.m. Along with the cooking competitions, June 8’s lineup also will feature live music, free children’s activities, food, arts and crafts vendors, and a car show and cruise from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. While there will be a $10 per person charge to compete in the People’s Choice contest, the overall event does not require an admission fee.
Running in conjunction with the Covered Bridge ’Que will be the Homesteading in Euharlee event June 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Presented by the Euharlee History Museum, the offering will feature demonstrations and tours of the host venue.
“[We will be] highlighting what it would have been like to be a homesteader [by] having quilting and spinning demonstrations [and] showing examples of types of furniture that would have been made in the home — very utilitarian, plain-style furniture,” Euharlee History Museum Director Katie Odom said. “[We] really hope to show what life was like 100, 150, 170 years ago. ... There’s lots of things that I hope people gain from that event.
“I hope that they become aware of [these] practices [because we] still have these traditions today. People are still quilting in the South. People still spin, especially in Euharlee and Bartow County. This is still a big part of our life today. It’s just seeing where our roots came from.”
Established in 1997 by the Euharlee Historical Society, the Euharlee History Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Located at 118 Covered Bridge Road in Euharlee, the venue offers free admission to visitors.
“I hope that when they walk in, they will see that this is a small town but this is a thriving town that has a really rich history. I just hope that they can see that and feel that this is a community,” Odom said. “This is a thriving community.”
For more information about the Euharlee History Museum and the Homesteading in Euharlee event, call 770-607-2017. Further details about the Covered Bridge ’Que can be obtained by contacting Festival Coordinator Deanna Berry at email@example.com or 678-314-3556.