Kennesaw’s Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival is back

A new Kid's 'Que Cook-off will be a part of the 20th Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival in Kennesaw on Aug. 20 and 21. An Aug. 7 workshop is required before entry for ages 7 to 15, costing $50 for the workshop and the Cook-off. (Courtesy of Kennesaw)
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A new Kid's 'Que Cook-off will be a part of the 20th Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival in Kennesaw on Aug. 20 and 21. An Aug. 7 workshop is required before entry for ages 7 to 15, costing $50 for the workshop and the Cook-off. (Courtesy of Kennesaw)

For the 20th year although missing last year, Kennesaw Parks & Rec will host the return of the Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival.

With free admission, the rain-or-shine event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 20 and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 21 at Adams Park, 2753 Watts Drive, Kennesaw near the intersection of Cobb Parkway.

New this year is the Kid’s ‘Que Cook-off, with a workshop on Aug. 7 required before entry for children and teens ages 7 to 15.

The workshop will be held 3-6 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Ben Robertson Community Center - also in Adams Park, focusing on nutrition, food preparation and healthy cooking techniques.

Each contestant must have a parent or other adult partner with them during the workshop and contest, with a registration of $50 for both events.

Winners will receive $50 or $25 in each age division of 7-10 or 11-15.

Learn all of the details and sign up under “Pigs & Peaches” at ow.ly/ucG550Fn580.

Pigs & Peaches has attracted an estimated 65,000 attendees annually.

In addition to two days of live nonstop music, there will be more than 100 vendor/exhibitor/contestant booths, street performers and a Kid Zone with inflatables, amusements and attractions.

At the heart of the festival is the professional BBQ contest, which is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and recognized as an official Georgia BBQ Championship event.

In addition to the Kid’s ‘Que contest, there will be a Backyard Contest for amateurs and Anything Butt and Peach Dessert contests.

Registration is closed for the professional and amateur BBQ contests.

More than $16,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to contest winners, according to Kennesaw Communication and Engagement Manager Becca Graham.

Music headliners on the Main Stage include the rock & pop group, the Paul Hand Band, at 8 p.m. Aug. 20 and the sound of 80′s arena songs from Shyanne at 8 p.m. Aug. 21.

Supporting acts include Angie Lynn Carter, Flying Buffaloes, Same Holladay & Kaitlyn Hanks, The Shetlands, Bach to Rock Sandy Plains featuring Bella Delle and the School of Rock East Cobb House Band.

Musicians on the Locally Brewed Stage include Men in Blues, Josh Gilbert Band, Run Katie Run, School of Rock West Cobb, Stephanie Berlanga, Levi Ransom, Bad Guru and Ezra Jacob.

For more information, call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at 770-422-9714 or visit PigsAndPeaches.com.