Downtown Sturgis to host fifth annual BBQ Fest Saturday

(Courtesy photo from Sturgis DDA)

The fifth annual Sturgis BBQ Fest is slated for Saturday, September 30 in downtown Sturgis with 10 grill/pit masters scheduled to compete.

Festivities will take place from noon to 7 p.m. along North and John Streets, and will include live music, several food vendors, kids activities, a beard contest, a corn hole tournament, and of course, live college football on the big screen.

Many of the 10 or so BBQ competitors will be selling their food along with a few other non-BBQ food truck vendors, and a beer tent. Live music will start at 4 p.m. and end around 7 with the band Country Current occupying the stage, and a DJ providing music before the band’s set, starting at noon.

Kids activities will be available from 12-5 p.m. including wagon hay rides, pumpkin painting, face painting, and make and take.

The cornhole tournament costs $10 per person to register, which opens at 1 p.m. with the tournament and the beer tent opening at 2 p.m. Registration for the beard contest starts at 2:45 p.m. with the contest beginning at 3 on the Sturgis BBQ Fest main stage.

The Michigan-Nebraska game will be featured on a big screen movie truck starting at 3:30 p.m., while much of the first half of the Central-Eastern Michigan game (1:30 p.m. kickoff) will be featured from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Alek Haak-Frost is executive editor and publisher of Watershed Voice.