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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2008

CONTACT: Brian Roberts, marketing specialist
WNC Farmers Market
(828) 253-1691 or brian.roberts@ncagr.gov

Third Annual BBQ Cook Off and Bluegrass Jam
coming to WNC Farmers Market

ASHEVILLE – The Western N.C. Farmers Market will host the Third annual BBQ Cook Off and Bluegrass Jam on Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29. The free event features live bluegrass music, inflatable games, face painting for the kids and tasty western North Carolina barbecue.

The festivities begin at noon Friday, March 28, with music from the Leigh Glass Band. The High Windy Band performs at 2:30 p.m., followed by Red Bird Express at 5 p.m. Rounder Recording Artist and 2008 Contemporary Gospel Group of the Year, Newfound Road, will cap off the day’s bluegrass lineup at 6:45 p.m.

Bring a chair, get there early, and plan to stay all day on Saturday. The ribs and barbecue cooking contests will get under way at 10 a.m. along with bluegrass sounds by Southern Crescent. At 12:30 p.m., Whitewater Bluegrass will perform. The Wisemans will take the stage at 2:30 p.m., and Balsam Range will wrap up the concert performances at 4 p.m.

Bring an appetite because competitors in the barbecue contest will be sampling and selling their smoke-cooked creations. Some spots remain for anyone who thinks they have the best barbecue in the area. Cash prizes will be offered in three categories: barbecue, ribs and other. Winners will take home $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $100 for third place. The top cookers will also receive a trophy.

The BBQ Cook Off and Bluegrass Jam is sponsored by Anderson Nissan, Capital Bank, Carolina Farm Credit and 99.9 Kiss Country. Admission is free and the farmers market will have two shuttle vans running throughout the property to move people to the event site.

To enter the cooking competitions, or for more information, contact Brian Roberts, marketing specialist with the WNC Farmers Market, at (828) 253-1691, ext. 16. The WNC Farmers Market is located at 570 Brevard Road and is easily accessible from both Interstate 40 and I-26.

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NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 733-4216; FAX: (919) 733-5047

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