Franklin will be hopping with all things barbecue when the 6th Annual Mountain High BBQ Festival and Car Show comes to town Aug. 8 and 9 at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center located on Highway 441 South. This two-day event is a Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) sanctioned competition. 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 attendees into the drawing for a Holland Grill valued at $1,200 sponsored by Holland Grills and Macon Appliance.
The Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the KCBS in their coordination of a national effort to cook and distribute more than 100,000 meals throughout America over the next year. The Franklin festival will be participating in the 100KCBS Meals Mission by collecting food donations for the hungry. Everyone is invited to bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to CareNet. In addition to the non-perishable food, more than 60 cooking teams will participate by grilling a Boston butt to be given to CareNet for distribution to those in need. For more information on this effort, visit kcbs.us/100k-meals.
Saturday will feature the KCBS Professional and Backyard Competitions and Franklin’s own “Tastin’ Tent.” If you want to taste what the judges taste, the “Tastin’ Tent” is where you’ll want to be. A Tastin’ Tent ticket will buy 10, 2 oz. cups of BBQ pork from 10 different teams. The entries will be judged by tasters. The ballots will be tallied and “Franklin’s Finest” will be crowned at the awards ceremony at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Tastin’ Tent tickets are limited and on sale at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce for $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 vendors, there will also be burgers, hot dogs, Italian ice, kettle corn, ice cream, funnel cakes and 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 until 8 p.m. The Car Show will be held all day Saturday. All makes and models are welcome. 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.” The Car Show Award Ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Crafters and vendors onsite will feature wood works, jewelry, candles, home decor and much more.
In addition to the Holland Grill being given away, Macon Appliance and Holland Grills has sponsored another grill to be given away valued at $1,200. Check it out at the cooking demonstrations on stage. The drawing will be held during the awards ceremony at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9.
“Cooking Demonstrations” are a special addition to the festival. Barbecue experts will be on stage throughout the weekend offering tips and techniques to add zing to your backyard grilling. Demos are scheduled for Friday at 4 and 5 p.m. Saturday’s demos will take place at 11 a.m., 12 noon, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. Each demonstration will be different and will last approximately 30 minutes.
The Buchanan Boys are set to perform on stage beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday night. The Buchanan Boys, hailing from the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina, are a five-piece band that owes its sound to the blend of each member’s eclectic tastes in music. With a style similar to that of current mega stars like Jason Aldean and Zac Brown Band, the band effortlessly mixes different genres into a tasty recipe that sounds like “countrified rock and roll good time with a twist.”
For information, visit www.MountainHighBBQFestival.com or call (828)524-3161.