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Bands & BBQ Festival

Smell of barbecue, blues music to highlight Carrollton grill event

The band Spare-change Millionaires
to headline music

CARROLLTON, Ky. (September 2014) – Blandon Toomes hopes to have a winning BBQ entry in this year’s Bands & BBQ Festival in September. He and teammate Jerry Johnson will be smoking up the grill as the outdoor heat rises and the bands begin to jam.

BBQ Cook

Photo provided

A KCBS pro cooking competitor
checks his pork ribs during last
year’s Bands & BBQ contest at
Carrollton, Ky.’s Point Park. This
year’s event is slated for Sept. 5-6.

“This will be the fourth year I’ve competed in this festival,” said Toomes, 44. His teammate, Johnson, used to be his neighbor. Before competing, Toomes said he had not really done any smoking. “Jerry showed me the way to get started.”
The first year Toomes entered the BBQ portion of the Bands & BBQ Festival in Carrollton, he did so solo. He competed against seven or eight teams and placed first in brisket.
By the next year, Johnson had teamed up with him. They placed fourth in chicken. “The competition gets harder each year. A lot of good teams come from all over to compete,” said Toomes.
He and Johnson also compete in the Backyard BBQ Blast in Madison, Ind. Trial and error are the way they concoct recipes, he said.
Originally from Trimble County, Toomes has lived in Carrollton for the last 21 years. “You meet a lot of different people at these festivals and see how other people cook,” he said.
“A lot of it has to do with timing,” said Toomes, in reference to being a successful team. “That’s the hardest part. You don’t want to cook the meat too quick, but you don’t want it to not get done either.”

Bands & BBQ Festival
Sept. 5-6 at
Carrollton’s Point Park

Friday, Sept. 5
• 6-8 p.m:
Harless Brothers 
• 8-11  p.m: Jimmy Davis Band

Saturday, Sept. 6
• 11  a.m. - noon:
Blue Collar Band
• Noon - 2 p.m.: Jordan Wilson Trio featuring Kerry Mefford and Danny Cook
• 2-4 p.m.: CountyWide 
• 4  p.m: KCBS Awards
• 5-7 p.m.: Van Waylon
• 7-9 p.m.: Wax Factory
• 9-11 p.m: Sparechange Millionaires

• Information: Contact Misty Wheeler at 1-800-325-4290 or visit: www.visitcarrolltonky.com.

Toomes will be one of several teams competing in the 2014 Bands & BBQ Festival on Sept. 5-6 at Point Park in Carrollton. “This is a Kansas City Barbecue Society-Sanctioned event, and a Jim Beam Bluegrass Barbecue Showdown event,” said Misty Wheeler, Carrollton-Carroll County Tourism Executive Director.
“The prize money is greater this year than last,” Wheeler said.
“We are giving away $9,000 this year. We also have a variety of music, not just blues.”
Music will begin at 6 p.m. and run until 11 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5. Bands will take the stage at 11 a.m. on Saturday and perform until 11 p.m. A committee organizes the musical lineup and for this year, Wheeler said. “We’ve tried to get a variety of music, covering all genres.”
Bands include the Saturday night headliner Sparechange Millionaires, who will perform from 9-11 p.m. “They have played at the state fair before,” said Wheeler.
Known as a high energy band, Sparechange Millionaires have played at many popular night spots throughout the Louisville region. Their repertoire reads like an anthem of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.
Friday night’s entertainment will kick off with the Harless Brothers, followed by the Jimmy Davis Band from Madison, Ind. Music will include a mix of blues, classic rock and country rock.
Carrollton-based band Blue Collar Band will kick off Saturday’s lineup beginning at 11 a.m. Other bands for that day include Jordan Wilson Trio featuring Kerry Mefford and Danny Cook; County-Wide; Van Waylon; and Wax Factory. Sound will be provided by RB Sound.
Both days will feature heath care in the form of the Veteran’s Mobile Heath Care Unit. The unit will “provide opportunities for veterans, assistance with enrolling in V.A. health care, establishing medical records and referring them to the closest V.A. facility,” said Wheeler.
“This is a free event. We want people to come out and enjoy the festival itself,” she said.
This festival has been going on for quite some time under different names. It began as Blues to the Point in 1995 and finally evolved into the Bands & BBQ Festival.

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