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Blues, Brews and BBQ planned for Fall Festival

With another Country Days in the books, organizers for the Farmington Fall Festival are looking ahead to an event that will look much different from years past, with the inclusion of “Brews, Blues, and BBQ.”

The Sept. 21-22 event will include a craft beer garden, several blues band performances and a barbecue contest sanctioned by the St. Louis Barbecue Society and sponsored by Sugarfire Smokehouse.

Farmington Tourism Director Chris Engler said the goal for the new and improved Fall Festival is to bring even more visitors into town for the festival.

“Our goal at Discover Farmington Tourism was to enhance an already existing festival and create a weekend destination for many outside the area,” Engler said. “The additional Blues, Craft Brews and Barbecue sanctioned contest has already drawn statewide attention and is going to be a well-attended event. Sugarfire itself as a major sponsor has garnered many inquiries for the event.”

Additional current sponsors include First State Community Bank, the Mineral Area Council on the Arts and Hensco Technologies, Inc.

Engler said organizers are accepting barbecue team registration, vendor booth applications and additional event sponsors.

Thousands of dollars in cash prizes are up for grabs in the barbecue contest, with the Grand Champion taking home a $1,500 prize plus a trophy, the Reserve Grand Champion being award $750 plus a trophy, and the winner of the chicken, ribs, pork and brisket categories each walking away with a $400 prize and a trophy.

Cash prizes will be awarded in each category for the second to sixth place winners, with the seventh to tenth place winners receiving ribbons.

The regular entry fee for the main contest, which will include the chicken, ribs, pork and brisket categories plus four t-shirts, is $175. Teams who register before Aug. 1, however, will receive an early bird rate of $150. There will also be a “Baddest Burger Contest.”

The entry fee includes access to a 20’ x 20’ site with access to 110v electricity and water.

Friday night and all day Saturday will see a variety of regional breweries supplying their finest craft brews. Participating breweries include Minglewood Brewery, Sarah’s Drink Stop, Edg-Clig Brewing Company, Main & Mill Brewery, Charleville and Crown Valley, with a beer wagon provided by Twin Oaks.

Musical performances will include Casey Reeves, Matt “The Rattlesnake” Lesch, the Ivas John Band, the Jeremiah Johnson Band, the Kingdom Brothers and the Hillary Fitz Band.

There will additionally be chainsaw woodcarving, pet-friendly fun, kids’ activities, a Foothills Car Club Car Show, food, vendors and more.

For more information, to register a barbecue team, submit a vendor application or to sponsor the festival, visit

Jacob Scott is a reporter with the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616 or at

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