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Friday, September 29 2017

Riverside BBQ Fest Bigger & Better Than Ever!

Adapted From a Greenfield Recreation Department press release:

The Riverside Blues, Brews, & BBQ Festival returns to Greenfield for a 7th year on Saturday, October 7th, at its new location, the Franklin County Fairgrounds.  Hosted by the Greenfield Recreation Department and Lefty’s Brewing Company, and sponsored by local businesses, the event features a Northeast Barbecue Society Grilling Contest, Kansas City Barbeque Society BBQ Contest, Lefty’s Brewing Company Brew Tent, live blues music, People’s Choice BBQ Samplin’ Pit, vendors, contests, and more.

The Riverside Blues, Brews, & BBQ Cook-off is sanctioned by the Northeast Barbecue Society and Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS).  KCBS is the world's largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts with over 10,000 members worldwide.  KCBS sanctions almost 300 barbeque contests coast-to-coast throughout America, where competitions for barbequed chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket are served up and judged by Certified Barbeque Judges. Competitors from all over the region will be vying for $5,500 in prize money!

Besides the competition, attendees will be able to enjoy music, food, and fun.  “We are lucky enough to also be able to showcase some outstanding Blues musicians who will be playing live throughout the festival” stated Greenfield Recreation Director Christy Moore.  The line-up includes the Wildcat O’Halloran Band, Danielle Miragli, EasyBaby, and Janet Ryan.

“The People’s Choice Samplin’ Pit is back by popular demand,” added Moore, and will feature professional BBQ contestants’ submissions of chicken wings.  The tent will be open from noon until the food runs out.  Tickets for the People’s Choice Samplin’ Pit can be purchased at the tent, $5 for 6 tickets.  Specialty food booths will also be set up in order to offer additional food options.

Greenfield’s very own Lefty’s Brewing Company will be on tap in the Lefty’s Brew Saloon from noon to 5PM.  Pints and half pints will be available for purchase: $3 for half pints, $5 for pints.  Lefty's will have every flavor they offer on tap, as well as an exclusive Riverside Blues, Brews, & BBQ Ale!

Finally, festival-goers can participate in contests of their own, including a Stein Hoisting Competition, Keg Toss, Barrel Roll, and fling-a-frank competition.  Check the event website for times and rules on specific contests.  Lawn games will also be available throughout the day for the enjoyment of attendees.

The Riverside Blues, Brews, & BBQ Festival is a fundraising event for the Greenfield Recreation Department and the money raised helps support programs and events for families within the Greenfield community.  The festival itself is a 21+ event, will take place rain or shine, and IDs will be checked at the gate.  Admission is $20 and includes a souvenir pint glass, 1 free pint from Lefty’s Brewing, and a $2 food voucher.  However, admission is just $10 for Designated Drivers who will be making sure their friends get home safely.  Pre-sale tickets can be purchased through October 4th at the Recreation Department, Lefty’s Brewing Company, and Ryan & Casey Liquors.

 For more information, please visit the website: or call (413) 772-1553.