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Barbecue, blues to dominate downtown Hattiesburg Saturday

The 4th annual Downtown BBQ Showdown will be held at Walthall Park Saturday. Photo credit WDAM. The 4th annual Downtown BBQ Showdown will be held at Walthall Park Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.
The 11th annual Historic Mobile Street Renaissance Festival will be Friday and Saturday, Oct.7-8. Photo credit WDAM. The 11th annual Historic Mobile Street Renaissance Festival will be Friday and Saturday, Oct.7-8. Photo credit WDAM.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Hattiesburg residents and visitors alike will get a good dose of barbecue and blues this weekend. 

At Walthall Park Saturday, the 4th annual Downtown Barbecue Showdown will feature 27 teams of barbecue experts, competing for $10,000 in cash and prizes.

Tickets cost $15 for all-you-can eat barbecue.  

And you get to enjoy live music.  

"It has a very close feel to it, it's kind of a tailgating theme and that's what everybody likes," said Andrea Saffle, executive director of the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association. "That's what the teams like, that's what they come back for every year, just the feeling, the sense of community." 

A few blocks away, more great barbecue will be available Saturday at the 11th annual Mobile Street Renaissance Festival.   

The "Sho-Nuff Good Barbecue Cook-off" will feature lots of backyard barbecue specialists.

The festival will also have boxing exhibitions, a bike show, a children's village and an art show in the historic Eureka School.

A new activity this year will be a Pokemon scavenger hunt.  

"We have a Gospel stage from (9 a.m.-3 p.m.), we have a blues stage that starts at 4 p.m. and it's from 4 p.m.-8:30 p.m. (and a) Children's Village all day," said Deborah Delgado, Ward Two councilwoman.  

The festival kicks-off Friday night with a street party at Mobile and 5th streets. 

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