BBQ & BLUEGRASS HEAVEN
SPRUCE PINE – Several changes have been made to this coming weekend’s 6th annual Spruce Pine BBQ & Bluegrass Festival.
“The people spoke and we listened,” said Alex Glover, former president of the Spruce Pine Rotary Club, which sponsors the event. “We kept the things people liked and made some pretty significant changes to the things people expressed they didn’t like.”
Among the bigger changes is the price of admission, which is now $5 per person or $20 for a family of five or more, and the music is all local bands, including some that are not traditional bluegrass.
“In the past, we thought the brand-name bands would bring in more people,” Glover said. “They didn’t.”
The festival is still two days – July 14-15 – and will continue offering barbecue, but this year there is no competition. Arts and crafts vendors will still have booths at the festival and local cloggers will perform as well.
“All the money raised from the festival comes back to so many different needs in the community,” Glover said. “That’s why we chose to still have the festival but to make changes to it. The money Rotary gives out to agencies and organizations in the community is needed now more than ever. The Rotary motto is ‘service above self’
and that’s why we do this.” A rubber ducky races has been added to the list of events at this year’s festival.
“We saw what people said about the festival in the News-Journal and heard it on the street, so we’re adjusting,” Glover said. “All we ask is that people support this festival because it supports their community. We get multiple requests for money but we can only
support what we have money for. The more we make the more we can give back.”