Danville’s first-ever Kentucky State BBQ Festival left such a good taste that it has been moved to the favorable fall weekend slot long occupied by the Constitution Square Arts Fest.
“The overwhelming success of the BBQ festival was the bottom line,” said Charlie Cox, interim director of Danville-Boyle County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. “The community said this is the kind of festival we want.”
The BBQ festival will be staged at Constitution Square the weekend of Sept. 8-9, which for many years was the designated weekend for the arts festival, both when it was sponsored by the state and the last three years after Heart of Danville took over.
Arts and artists will still be a featured part of the weekend, but will take a back seat to the smoking pitmasters, live music and other accoutrements of an expanded BBQ fest, said Janet Hamner, HOD’s promotions chairwoman.
“We are going to invite our local artists, and maybe even regional artists, to participate, we just haven’t figured out the details yet,” Hamner said, adding one idea is to set up art vendors along Main Street between Constitution Square and the Community Arts Center.