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Make a mean barbecue? Prove it
Two vendors check on their barbecue during last year’s Blues & BBQ festival in downtown Hinesville. - photo by Photo provided.

Musical acts at Blues & BBQ

• Musician Ben Robinson, who recently released a new CD, “Best Served Loud,” will open the show at 4 p.m. Robinson has played several lunchtime concerts in Bradwell Park.
• Sarah Cole and her band take the stage at 6 p.m. A Charleston native, Cole, only 17, has gotten rave reviews from the Charleston press.
• Tommy Thunderfoot and the Accelerators, also Charleston natives, will perform from 8-11:30 p.m. Thunderfoot has played from Charleston to Santa Monica, Calif., with stops in Florida, Mississippi and Texas. 

Hinesville’s seventh annual Blues & BBQ festival is set for 4-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, in the downtown/Bradwell Park area.  
Live entertainment has been lined up and the crowd-pleasing barbecue contest will return from 4-5 p.m. New this year, the top two winners in each category and the overall winner will win a total of $500 in cash. The categories are pork, beef, chicken and ribs.  
Barbecue lovers can participate as a judge in the people’s choice contest. Attendees can buy a $3 wooden nickel that will get them samples from each participating contestant. Judges then use the nickels to vote for their favorite barbecue vendor.  Contest entries and vendor applications for the festival are being accepted.  
All businesses, restaurants and backyard barbecue connoisseurs who think they serve up the best saucy fare in the South are encouraged to enter the competition.
For more information or to request an entry form, call 877-4332, e-mail or go to
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