Franklin will be hopping with all things barbecue when the 5th Annual Mountain High BBQ Festival and Car Show comes to town Aug. 9 and 10 at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center located on Highway 441 South. This two-day event is a Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) sanctioned festival. Barbecue teams from all over the country will cook Friday and Saturday preparing their best barbecue hoping to be named Grand Champion earning a N.C. State Championship. Festival admission will be $5 adults; children 12 and under free. Gates will be open Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Festival admission will enter you into the drawing for a Holland Grill valued at $500 sponsored by Holland Grills and Macon Appliance.
Additional features have been added to this year’s festival including appearances by Jeff and Mark from the hit television series “The Moonshiners.” Jeff and Mark will be on hand Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. for pictures and autographs. The Moonshiners are sponsored by Mulligan’s Bar and Grill. An inflatable area for children will be available for an additional charge for play time.
Saturday will feature the KCBS Professional and Backyard Competitions and Franklin’s own “Tastin’ Tent” sponsored by BI-LO. A Tastin’ Tent ticket will get you ten 2 oz. cups of BBQ pork from ten different teams. The entries will be judged by you. The ballots will be counted and “Franklin’s Finest” will be crowned at the Awards Ceremony at 5 p.m. Tastin’ Tent tickets are limited and on sale at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce for only $5 with paid festival admission. Tickets will also be available at the gate while they last. The “Tastin’ Tent” will be held on Saturday at 3 p.m. In addition to great barbecue from the vendors, there will also be burgers, hot dogs, Italian ice, kettle corn, ice cream, funnel cakes and much, much more.
This year’s Car Show is being organized by Southwestern Community College’s Automotive Club. The Cruise-In will be held Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. The Antique/Classic Car Show will be held all day Saturday. Because of space limitations, car entries are limited to vehicles 40 years and older (1973 and older). Registration forms are available at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce. Trophies will be awarded to category winners with a $500 cash prize awarded to the winner of “People’s Choice” sponsored by Stamey Performance, Inc. The Car Show award ceremony is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The festival is partnering with The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts to bring Clint Black to the center on Friday night. Tickets are available at www.GreatMountainMusic.com. Present your concert ticket at the BBQ Festival gate and receive free entrance to the festival.
You don’t want to miss this year’s great crafters featuring wood works, jewelry, candles, home decor and much more.
In addition to the Holland Grill being given away with admission, Macon Appliance and Holland Grills has sponsored another grill to be raffled off valued at $1,200. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the merchandise table for only $1 each or 6 for $5. The raffle will be held Oct. 5 at the 2nd Annual Crusin’ In The Mountains Car Show here in Franklin.
Friday, August 9
On Site Entertainment
11 – 11:45 am 50’s & 60’s Music (DJ)
12 – 1:30 pm Macon Grass Band (bluegrass)
1:45 – 2:45 pm Mitch Sands (Country)
2:45 – 3:45 pm Bobby Wallace (Country)
4 – 5 pm Chloe Sanguine (Country)
5:30 – 7:30 pm Miss Kitty and The Big City Band (Oldies Rock ‘n Roll)
Saturday, August 10
On Site Entertainment
11 – 12:30 pm Conservation Theory (Bluegrass)
1 – 2 pm BBQ All Stars Chris Cassone (Rock ‘n Roll)
2:30 – 3:30 pm Southern Appalachian Boys (Bluegrass)
3 pm Tasting Tent begins
3:30 – 4 pm Mitch Sands (Country)
4 pm Car Show Awards Ceremony
5 pm KCBS Awards Ceremony
BBQ Festival attendees will be directed to park in parking shuttle area on Wide Horizon Drive.
For more information visit www.MountainHighBBQFestival.com or call (828)524-3161.