Huge Crowd at Barbecue Festival Despite Blistering Heat

Hundreds of people braved the heat to enjoy some music, food, and lots of bourbon and beer. The 18th annual Blues, Brews, and Barbecue festival got underway this past Friday, July 21st and Saturday July 22nd, 2017. During those days, temperatures peeked just over 100 degrees creating a dangerous atmosphere for those people looking to enjoy the event at Louisville’s Water Tower Park.

 New this year, organizers allowed attendees to bring in water bottles to beat the heat. Some first-time goers say they made sure to stay hydrated.

 “I’m visiting from Florida and I’ve got my water and bourbon to say cool,” says Amber Jackson.

 Jackson was among many other people like Jeffersonville, Indiana native, Rex Brace, who felt like the heat was not going to be a major factor during the annual event.

 “Well it was a concern about the heat and everything like that, but I mean there’s shade around, there’s a nice breeze coming and you can’t beat the music,” says Brace.

 Several bands like “The Saints” and “Frank Bang & The Cook County Kings”  took to the stage throughout the event giving festival-goers a chance to do a little dancing under the blazing sun.


The Tyrone Cotton Band was one of the acts that performed live music during Saturday’s Festival at Louisville’s Water Tower Park

 The heat also didn’t keep people from enjoying all the barbecue that the vendors from several local restaurants like Momma’s Mustard Pickles & BBQ had to offer.

 Jackson says waiting in the long lines in the heat was worth it.

 “I’ve had chicken wings, turkey legs, and ribs. Now I want a pork sandwich. I’m okay with the calories because today it’s about eating and you’re supporting local businesses.

 Meteorologist Reed Yadon says the city was under a heat advisory for most of the weekend which could have been deadly for people who were not drinking plenty of water.

Fortunately, there were no reports of any injuries or medical issues during the event.

For more information on the Louisville Blues, Brews, and BBQ Festival, click here.



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