Sunday, Dec 8, 2013
Murphysboro Festivals Attract Hundreds
MURPHYSBORO -- It was a weekend for beer, blues and barbecue. Hundreds of people gathered at Riverside Park in Murphysboro Saturday to enjoy a day filled with local and international blues talent.
"Last weekend we had the apple festival, this weekend we have 87 teams in town for Mike Mills Murphysboro barbecue cook off. We've got nine bands playing here at Riverside Park, Murphysboro has nothing to be ashamed of," exclaims Murphysboro Mayor Will Stephens.
The sweet melodies of the harmonicas and base guitars were only half the excitement. Over on 17th street, the famous restaurant that takes the street's name was host to more than 80 teams from around the country, as they fired up the grills for some searing competition.
"We help each other, but at the same time there is that competitive edge that we all have, because we want our name called out on that stage," says Mike Mills, owner of 17th Street Bar and Grill.
Participants say whether you're new or old to the barbecue business, there is a place for everyone to start.
"When you think you got some good ribs or some good brisket, come on out and put your name in the hat and cook some barbecue with us. Lets see what you got," says Malcom Reed with Killer Hogs BBQ.
Stephens says he wants people to know that southern Illinois has a lot to offer.
"Its a pleasure to live in southern Illinois. If you can't find something to do its your own fault."
This year's barbecue grand champions were Victory Lane Barbecue and Truebud. They will share a $25,000 prize and will both move on to the World Food Championship, as well as the Jack Daniels World Invitational.
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