WEST CHESTER TWP. – The sounds of blues join the smell of barbecue on The Square at Union Center this weekend at the Buckeye BBQ fest fundraiser.
The festival runs from 5-11 p.m. Friday and from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday at The Square, 9285 Centre Pointe Drive. Admission is $5 for adults; children ages 12 and younger are admitted free.
Unlike past years there will not be a Kansas City BBQ Society-sanctioned competition, said Sandy Likes, marketing chairwoman for the event and a member of the Rotary’s board.
Instead there will be additional barbecue vendors offering food.
“People really wanted to be able to eat barbecue,” Likes said. “We added more barbecue – and other
About 90 vendors will be present – up from about 50 a year ago – including more than 20 selling barbecue and more than 15 offering desserts.
“If you’re not into barbecue, there are plenty of other foods,” Likes said. “We’re really excited about the caliber and quality of selections.”
The Mobile Cone is returning along with chili, Kona Ice, World of Waffles and others.
The committee has added more seating to this year’s event and a cigar bar. There will be a beer garden on site featuring micro-beers and wine. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be sold.
The Kids Zone is coming back and features face painting, inflatables and a 12-animal, free petting zoo from noon to 8:30 p.m. Saturday,
Two car shows are part of this year’s event. On Friday there will be an open club show. A classic car show limited to pre-1970 cars along with hot rods will be featured Saturday with awards presented at 7 p.m.
Friday’s headliner group is Johnny Fink and The Intrusion. Last year the group won the Cincy Blues Society’s Band Challenge. It was also a finalist in last year’s Cincinnati Entertainment Awards’ best blues band category.
Vocalist Tullie Brae is the headlining act. She takes the stage at 9:15 p.m.
5 p.m.: Sonny Moorman
6:30 p.m.: The Doug Hart Band
8 p.m.: Cheryl Renee
9:30 p.m.: Johnny Fink & the Intrusion
Noon: Noon: Cincy Blues Society’s Blues in the Schools Band
1:15 p.m.: Chuck Brisbin & The Tuna Project
2:45 p.m.: Leroy Ellington Blues band
4:15 p.m.: Ricky Nye & the Paris Blues Band
5:45 p.m.: The Tempted Souls Band
7 p.m.: Precision Frame Car and Show awards
7:45 p.m.: The Soul Fixers
9:15 p.m.: Tullie Brae
How to go
What: UCBMA Buckeye BBQ Fest
Where: The Square @ Union Centre, 9285 Centre Pointe Drive, West Chester
When: 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday
Cost: $5, children ages 12 and younger are free. (Weekend VIP passes are also available for purchase.)