Come enjoy some pickin’ and good eats at the Bloomin’ Barbecue and Bluegrass festival! Artwork/photo credit – Shelby Coutu.
Sevierville hosts 13th Annual Bloomin’ Barbecue and Bluegrass. Pack up the family and head to downtown Sevierville May 19-20 for the 13th annual Bloomin’ Barbecue and Bluegrass Festival. More than 50 barbecue teams from as far away as Nebraska, Florida, Ohio, Georgia and Virginia will vie for the winning trophy in this official Tennessee State Barbecue championship. A $15 ticket allows visitors to sample and vote for their favorite pulled pork in the People’s Choice Tasting Contest. Advance tickets are available by calling the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce at 865-453-6411.
Come for the ‘cue and stay for world-class bluegrass headlined this year by 14-time Grammy-Award winner Ricky Skaggs who was also named Entertainer of the Year in 1985 by the Country Music Association. Admission to the event and all the concerts is free. A late night jam on Friday May 19th, scheduled from 10 p.m to 2 a.m. and presented by The Dixie Stampede, will be held at Courthouse Donuts in downtown Sevierville. Led by four-time National Banjo Champion Gary “Biscuit” Davis, the jam will provide bluegrass musicians a chance to “show their stuff.”
Special children’s events are also planned, and a Mountain Soul Competition will feature contestants (in two categories-13 and up and 12 and under) performing some of the more than 3,000 songs penned by Sevierville’s favorite daughter, Dolly Parton.
More than 37,000 visitors attended the last two festivals which was awarded the Grand Pinnacle Award in 2015 by the International Festival and Events.
FRIDAY, MAY 19
5 p.m. – Hogstop String Band
6 p.m.- The Paul Williams & Heritage Trio
7 p.m. – Church Sisters
8 p.m. – Kicked Off The Train (founding members of Pine Mountain Rail Road)
10 p.m. – 2 a.m. Bluegrass Jam at Courthouse Donuts in downtown Sevierville.
SATURDAY, MAY 20
Noon – Bill Mize (Grammy winner and Sevierville native)
1 p.m. -Mountain Ruckus, presented by The Dixie Stampede
2 p.m. – Lorraine Jordan and Caroline Road
3 p.m. Kenny & Amanda Smith Band
4 p.m. Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers
5 p.m. Lorraine Jordan & Caroline Road
6 p.m.-Kenny & Amanda Smith Band
7 p.m. Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
8 p.m. – Ricky Skaggs