The festival kicks off Friday night with a free concert by Sons of Sailors, a Jimmy Buffett cover band on the Day’s Chevrolet stage at 8 p.m. against the backdrop of Lake Allatoona and the smell of barbecue being prepared for competition the following day.
More than 30 professional and backyard teams will compete for more than $12,000 in cash and prizes. Admission to the festival is free and free parking can be found in downtown Acworth, along with free shuttles running Friday night and all day Saturday.
Tickets to taste the backyard teams barbecue will be on sale for a nominal charge.
“It’s a great way to taste barbecue that you can’t buy in the store. There will be all the barbecue you could possibly want to eat. You’ll be able to taste and help us pick the People’s Choice champion,” said Peter Jezerinac, president of the North Cobb Rotary Club.
The event features something for the entire family such as Kid Zone, live entertainment and face painting.
“It’s always fun to get out with the family and support a great cause,” said the Kennesaw resident. Jezerinac works for JRM Management Services that manages festivals and fairs. He and wife Erin have two children, Pete, 7 and Evelyn, 5.
Proceeds from the event benefit local and international charities supported by North Cobb Rotary Club such as Mountain Top Boys Home, Horizon Fields in Acworth, MUST Ministries and several charities in Haiti.
“The motto we (Rotary Club) have is ‘Piggin’ Out for Charity,’” Jezerinac said.
The park is at 2293 Beach St., Acworth.
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