Blues and Heritage Festival set for next weekend

Published 7:00 am Friday, October 13, 2017

Picayune Main Street personnel are gearing up for the 10th annual Blues and Heritage Festival and barbecue contest.

What was once a one day event, has been expanded to two days of local music and barbecue. It will be held on Oct. 20 and 21 at 210 West Canal St. and feature live music, silent auction and a number of other events.

Reba Beebe, Picayune Main Street director, said that Friday’s  events will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring the musical acts of Lynne Barze, Sarah Unbehagen and Southern Sound Band. The winner of the Johnson’s Station lip sync battle will also perform that night.

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Saturday, the festivities begin at 11 a.m. and last until 6 p.m. Bands scheduled for that day include 4 on the Floor from noon to 2 p.m. and Chuck Loftin and Monsters at Large from 4 to 6 p.m.

A barbecue competition benefitting the local chapter of Toys for Tots will be held Saturday, and will be decided by people’s choice. Beebe said the barbecue will consist of pulled pork and will be held in the parking lot across from Southern Char on Saturday starting at 11 a.m. To participate in the people’s choice is $5. Plates can be purchased from the vendors for a separate fee.

Beebe said some classic cars are expected to be on display, and the On the Go Gamerz Mobile Unit will be parked at the event. The Gamerz Mobile Unit will be free to all ages from noon to 3 p.m. on West Canal and is sponsored by Diva Dayzle. It will feature a variety of video games playable on a number of current consoles. The silent auction, which is currently on display at Southern Char on West Canal Street, features a number of items from mostly local businesses, Beebe said. Bids for the items can be made from now until Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. Proceeds from the silent auction will go towards the downtown beautification project, with a portion going to the local chapter of Toys for Tots.