Attendance high at Pigs & Peaches BBQ fest
by Marcus E Howard
August 26, 2012 01:11 AM | 8504 views | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Keith Swain buys a bag of peaches from local vendor Phillip Dow at Saturday’s festival in Kennesaw.<br>Staff/Todd Hull
Keith Swain buys a bag of peaches from local vendor Phillip Dow at Saturday’s festival in Kennesaw.
Staff/Todd Hull
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Manager Kurt Webster of Barbecue Street in Kennesaw bastes the ribs as they finish cooking on the grill.
Manager Kurt Webster of Barbecue Street in Kennesaw bastes the ribs as they finish cooking on the grill.
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Kennesaw resident Steve Maloy walks with his granddaughter, Ava Chandler, 4, daughter of Stephanie and Jason Chandler, as she takes a ride on the ponies.
Kennesaw resident Steve Maloy walks with his granddaughter, Ava Chandler, 4, daughter of Stephanie and Jason Chandler, as she takes a ride on the ponies.
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KENNESAW — Attendance at this weekend’s Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival in Kennesaw may have broken a record, according to a city official.

The annual barbecue festival, which took place on Friday and Saturday, was expected to draw about 40,000 visitors. However, nice weather and plenty of food, vendors and entertainment, might have attracted even bigger crowds that were expected, said Kennesaw spokeswoman Pam Davis.

“I think we probably are seeing record attendance,” said Davis, who got a bird’s eye view of the scene from high above in a helicopter.

A total of 77 barbeque teams competed for the title of Georgia Barbecue Championship during the city’s festival at Adams Park.

The festival featured a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned barbecue competition, which is recognized as a Georgia Barbecue Championship contest, as well as a “Backyard BBQ,” “Anything Butt” and “Peach Dessert Contest.” More than $15,000 in cash and prizes were awarded to contest winners.

The festival’s overall grand champion was Que’n, Stew’n & Brew’n. Second place went to Kudzu Q.

Doug Rhodes of Kennesaw, a KCBS official who served as the judging coordinator, said contestants needed to appease the taste buds of as many as six judges for a shot at winning. Certified judges graded on appearance, taste and texture.

“They try to take the subjectivity out of it and make it objective,” said Rhodes. “There are certain ways (meat) should pull off the bone, have a smoke ring and things of that nature. It’s a little more technical than most people would think.”

Robert Holt and two friends from Bartow County competed for the third time at the festival in the Backyard BBQ division. The team, nicknamed “The Fat Guyz,” had placed in or near the top 10 in previous years but aimed for a higher finish this year.

Holt, a Texas native, said the team’s homemade sauce has won awards on its own and was used on the chicken, ribs and pork prepared for the competition.

“We try to do everything with our own sauce,” he said.

In addition to mouth-watering barbecue, the festival included live music, children’s activities, helicopter rides, arts and crafts, and sponsor booths. Admission was free to the public.
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debby mctier
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August 26, 2012
The Back Yard Grand champions where the Flamin Butts from Marietta Georgia. Please list all the Back yard winners Lots of them are from Marietta Georgia,
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