ROACHDALE — The second annual Rib and Blues Fest will take place 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at Roachdale with a menu of good food and good music.
Railroad Street in the northern Putnam County town is where the action will take place.
Organizer Joe Buser said his group learned a lot from last year’s festival.
“We served 600 meals last year even though the weather turned out to be very wet and cold,” Buser said. “But, this year we realize that was not a bad thing because it has made us be better prepared. We are planning on 1,000 meals this time.”
This year there are three barbecue vendors. Smokehouse BBQ, Hog-In-It-All and Crawfordsville’s Norvell BBQ will serve ribs and other barbecue favorites all day.
Roachdale residents will participate in a cooking competition of their own with a rib grilling contest. Participants will grill their favorite barbecue recipe to be judged by local residents Alan Zerkel, Gail Smith, Debbie Winger, Susan Price, Jason Hartman, Charley Riggle and Mike Mahoy.
The Roachdale Public Library will provide a children’s activity area at the library on Meridian Street during the festival.
The Carquest Cruise-In will begin at noon.
Those wanting to quench their thirst will find a variety of drinks at a beer and wine garden. Craft beer and domestic beers will be sold. Traders Point Winery will sell its wines.
“One of the craft beers we will have is the popular Sam Adams Oktoberfest Ale,” Buser said. “We will also have Sierra Nevada Pale and domestic beers.”
Spear Corporation will sponsor the music stage this year. Bands scheduled to perform are Wingnuts 1-3 p.m., Joel and Tosh of War Radio 3-5 p.m., Tad Robinson 5-7 p.m. and Blue’s Side Up 8-11 p.m.
“All of our performers are from either Putnam or Montgomery counties,” Buser said. “They will each bring their own styles and I am sure the people will enjoy each one.”
Buser said attendees should plan to bring folding chairs to the event.
The festival is sponsored by the Roachdale Revitalization Cooperative Alliance. All proceeds go to the betterment of the Roachdale community.