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Run for the hills and escape the summer heat!
  
Come chill with the most sizzling BBQ competition teams in the southeast and the hottest bluegrass in the nation!  Join us in the cool Blue Ridge Mountains for the 5th annual  Spruce Pine BBQ Championship & Bluegrass Festival in Spruce Pine, North Carolina on July 15 & 16, 2016.

All festival activities including entertainment, the BBQ competition, food vendors, and crafts vendors will be located at the Riverside Park across the river from downtown Spruce Pine this year. Tickets may be bought at the Festival or in Advance online (see the TICKETS link to the left). Full-Access Entertainment Passes with Premier Seating will be available again this year!

The Carolina BBQ League will again host a "Whole Hog" cook and "Pig Picking" in the competition area this year. Come and get tips on the preparation and presentation of a traditional smoked whole hog.  Samples will be available as long as the meat lasts. For more information on the Carolina BBQ League click here.

The event features a sanctioned professional BBQ competition, live bluegrass, award winning mouth watering BBQ from multiple vendors, the chance to sample true competition BBQ during the Tasters' Choice event, a jamming stage, championship clogging teams, artists & crafts vendors, a Cornhole Tournament, local food vendors, kids activities, and much, much more!
 
The Spruce Pine BBQ Championship & Bluegrass Festival is hosted by the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine, and is sanctioned by the Southern BBQ Network.
 
Note: Due to health department regulations, pets are not allowed at the festival.
 
The Mitchell County Public Transportation Authority will be running continuous FREE shuttle service from locations in and around Spruce Pine for the festival. The FREE service will start 1 hour before opening time and continue until 1 hour after closing time both days of the Festival. FREE parking can be found by following the "Festival Parking" signs located at important intersections around town.

Don't forget to bring your lawn chairs for the performances.

Due to health department regulations, pets will not be allowed at the festival.

Please NO COOLERS or backpacks with beverages. Backpacks will be subject to search.
Sodas, bottled water, iced tea, lemonade, beer and other beverages are available for purchase from vendors who share their profits with Rotary.

Remember: All profits from the festival are used to fund local and international Rotary club projects. For more information on Rotary and its supported charities: