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Bluegrass & BBQ Comes to Tussey Mountain

by on June 28, 2018 12:40 AM

If warm weather, mouth-watering barbecue, a cold drink and live bluegrass sounds like a great summer night, Tussey Mountain has something in store for you on Thursday.

The first Bluegrass & BBQ mini-festival at Tussey Mountain Amphitheater will take place from 5:30 to 10 p.m. tonight. The idea grew from the popularity of the long-running summer WingFest, which happens every Thursday for seven weeks and gets started this year on July 5.

"WingFest does really well for us and we hear from a lot of people that they wish we had more of them," Weyman said. "We do seven of them and there’s a lot of work that goes into them, so we’re not ready to take that step yet, but we do agree that we would like to do more types of events like it."

Two of the area's finest bluegrass bands -- Tussey Mountain Moonshiners and The Crooked Line -- will be supplying the tunes.

The eats, meanwhile, will be provided by four of the region's standout barbecue joints. Canyon, Clem and Co. (the merged Canyon Wings and Clem's Barbecue), Curt's Smokin' Ribs, Doan's Bones Barbecue and Prospector's Allegheny Rib Company, will all be on hand.

"They’re all very excited an onboard," Weyman said. "Hopefully we get a good one tomorrow and are able to build on it next year, with maybe even more barbecue vendors."

If you're in the mood for a beer to go with that beef and pork, Otto's Pub and Brewery and Lewistown's Shy Bear Brewing will offer local brews (non-alcoholic beverages, of course, are available). And if you want something other than barbecue to nosh on, Rosie's Pierogies, Crazy Carl's Kettlecorn and the Weiner Wagon will be on site as well.

Admission is $5, free for kids 12 and under, and items inside are purchased with tickets. The amphitheater's tickets don't expire, so leftover tickets from past WingFests can be used, too. Re-entry is OK, too, so you can set up your spot on the mountain, leave to play mini-golf or ride the go karts, then head back in.

Weyman said Bluegrass & BBQ will be "kind of a warmup," for WingFest.

"It’s a week before our first WingFest and it’s set up a lot like WingFest. There’s just no competition part to it yet," he said. "We’re bringing in some of the better barbecue vendors in the area. We’ll be putting on music and having beer and drinks and everything else you’d have at a WingFest.

"We’re just really hoping to have a nice day and the weather looks great."

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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