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FESTIVAL


Blue Ridge Barbeque Festival Harmon Field, Tryon, NC June 8 -9, 2012


I am proud to boast that I attended the very first Blue Ridge Barbeque Festival. That was 19 years ago. Man, time sure does fly. Just a couple of years before that I was working at WTYN radio in Tryon, NC and freelancing for the Tryon Daily Bulletin. Then in 1991 I left Tryon to help start EDGE Magazine in Greenville, SC.


I attended the first BBQ Festival as a reporter, writing an article for EDGE. For the next few years I double dipped, attending both as a reporter and as a performer in a couple of bands, including one backed by True Blues, and one we called Michael B’s Traveling Medicine Show. Oh, and once as a solo acoustic artist. Those BBQ festivals were always loads of fun for the whole family. There were so many happy memories created during those events, memories I will always treasure.


JOE COOL - Joey Parrish of Silver Travis was all smiles when the band rocked the Festival on Friday. (Photo by Roxanne Lark)


money in excess of $20,000. Two Old Men and a Grill, based in Bessemer City, N.C. earned its fourth Grand Champion call thus far in 2012 and its first in Tryon.


And then there was the music. Acoustic Syndicate once again returned as headliners, doing that thing they do so well. They always get the crowd goin.’ And The Silver Travis Band also returned once again to the main stage, playing their outstanding brand of Southern rock. There were just a plethora of great bands playing both days, bands like Speedwell, The Lee Boys and Sol Driven Train, to name a few. There is always as much good music at the festival as there is good barbeque. Besides food and music, the event offers plenty of rides, an auto show, crafts and exhibits. Fun for the whole family. This year’s festival was a major success, bringing in almost twice as many folks as in previous years. It was truly a good time. Major fun for everyone for the whole family. •


- Michael Buffalo Smith


CLASSIC- A cherry ‘57 Chevy at the auto show. (Photo by Roxanne Lark)


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The annual event returned to Harmon field in Tryon for the 19th time on June 8 and 9. It had been more than ten years since I had attended, but I knew it would be just the same as always, and I was right. Good music, good food, lots of people, good food, good fun, good food.


The festival featured some of the finest BBQ in the country from the many vendors on site, all competing in the cooking competition with prize


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