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The City of Kennesaw’s 2011 Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival will be held this Friday and Saturday, August 26-27 at Adams Park in Kennesaw. Festival hours are Friday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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The Festival has become one of the premier barbeque events in North Georgia, featuring a non-sanctioned Backyard BBQ, Anything Butt and Peach Dessert Contest, as well as a Georgia State Championship and Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned Professional Contest. Seventy-five teams are scheduled to compete.

FREE live entertainment will be offered on two stages.

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On Friday, blues and rock legends Roger “Hurricane” Wilson and Steve Gornall will open on the main stage at 5:30 p.m. Florida-based Toulouse Street, a tribute to The Doobie Brothers, will headline at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, there will be puppet shows, youth dance performances, and cooking demonstrations on the Kid Zone stage; along with blues and jazz acts, including celebrated musicians Tommy Keys and Martha Ann Brooks on the main stage. The Stranger, a tribute to the music of the piano man himself, Billy Joel, will headline the main stage at 7 p.m. The Toulouse Street and The Stranger concerts are part of the City of Kennesaw’s 2011 Summer Concert Series.

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A patriotic fireworks display over Adams Park take place at 10 p.m. on Saturday after the final concert.

Additional Festival attractions and entertainment include:

– Food and beverage vending
– Unique vendor and sponsor exhibits
– Kid Zone with inflatable slides, bounces, games and other fun activities
– Silver Wings Command Exhibition Parachute Demonstration Team (Saturday at 1 p.m.)
– U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopter display (Saturday)

Festival sponsors include Lays, Clear Channel Outdoor, Xfinity, South 107, 97.1 The River, B98.5 FM, CW 69, Freedom Power Sports, Jim Tidwell Ford, McAlister’s Deli, Cintas, Community Magazine, Honda Power Equipment, SCANA Energy, The New York Butcher Shoppe, Blue Moon and Miller Lite.

Free parking is available at several locations near Adams Park and downtown Kennesaw, including Kennesaw First Baptist Church at 2958 North Main Street, the Depot at 2828 Cherokee Street, and at the Publix Shopping Center at 2774 North Cobb Parkway.

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For directions to Adams Park, a list of parking locations, and more information about the Festival, visit www.pigsandpeaches.com.