23 June 2015
Award-winning barbecue, eight hours of live local music, and beer from 15 craft breweries on a summer afternoon at beautiful Pleasant Grove – who could ask for more? The Fluvanna County Chamber of Commerce’s 4th annual BBQ, Bands & Brews event is Saturday, June 27, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the gate, and children aged 12 and under get in for free. Beer tokens may be purchased for $5 each.
“Now our attendees can pay an additional $5, and be a judge for a day,” explained Scott Valentine, president of the Fluvanna Chamber of Commerce. “They can sample all five BBQ vendors’ foods…it will be a ‘People’s Choice’ on who wins.” Judging will be over at 2 p.m., so people interested in helping to pick the next winner should be sure to get there before then.
“Our returning champion, Buckshot BBQ, will be there to defend their title,” Valentine said. Buck Island BBQ, Smokin’ Joe’s BBQ, Red Hub, and B Blues BBQ will also be competing for bragging rights.
Valentine added that he felt that last year, the chamber “got it right,” and that there will be few changes in this year’s program. One big difference, however, is that now Pleasant Grove House is open to the public – so attendees can tour the house and see the transportation history exhibits. Another change is the new stage, which should improve the quality of the sound of the bands that are playing.
A returning favorite at this family event will be the children’s play area, available for an additional fee. Also, if they make arrangements ahead of time by calling the chamber office, families can bring a small tent or canopy to set up in a designated area for a $20 fee. “The last two years have been very hot, and shade was a valuable thing to have,” Valentine said with a laugh. “So far, at least, it looks like this Saturday should be cooler than in previous years.
“We will have a lot of vendors this year,” Valentine said. “Some returning vendors from last year and a lot of new ones,” he said, adding that new vendors have been calling all week. At last count, at least 40 vendors were planning to attend.