Sights, sounds and aromas interfuse North Liberty Blues & BBQ festival

July 10, 2016 - bbq set

Emily Barske

NORTH LIBERDTY — Despite a name, Blues BBQ was anything though blue.

In a 10th year, a festival captivated thousands to Centennial Park in North Liberty where attendees enjoyed blues music, barbecue, kids activities and qualification splash form Iowa breweries starting during noon and using late into a evening.

Marilyn Kempnich and Skip Kempnich of Iowa City attended a eventuality for their initial time — they were impressed. The integrate frequently travels to hear blues music, even going to Clarksdale, Mississippi, one of a nation’s chronological blues cities.

“I don’t know if there is any song some-more American than blues,” Skip said.

They pronounced Blues BBQ was high adult on their list of blues events they’ve attended.

“We adore a tiny city feel,” pronounced Marilyn.

Of march they attempted a grill too — 13 vendors were on-site stuffing a atmosphere with an aroma of all a fresh-off-grill meats. They ate as they watched one of their favorite performers, Kevin BF Burt and a Instigators, on a stage.

One couple, Tanis Mueller and Mike Mueller, came out only to see Kevin BF Burt and a Instigators, who they’d initial listened during their daughter’s wedding.

“I like his voice — we only came for a music,” Tanis said, and Mike combined that it’s a good to only be out.

Kids enjoyed inflatables, an on-site military automobile and firetruck they could check out, crafts and a petting zoo.

“She could’ve finished only that (the petting zoo) and been fine. we got a flue cake that was ostensible to be for her, though demeanour who’s eating it,” laughed Kathy Lahmon of Tipton, articulate about her 2-year-old granddaughter.

Adults enjoyed a Iowa Craft Beer tent on-site portion 17 opposite beers from Iowa breweries. Steve Linn, who runs a tent, pronounced a lemon dump shandy from Millstream Brewing Co. in Amana was one of a some-more renouned choices when a tent opened. The brewery done a splash quite for Blues BBQ and is set to make it only once some-more during a Iowa State Fair.

“So many new breweries have non-stop around here in a final dual or 3 years,” Linn said. “It’s sparkling to uncover them off.”

Hannah Hayes, who recently changed to North Liberty, brought her crony Amy Happ of Center Point to suffer a day.

“I suspicion it was only going to be song in a park — we didn’t comprehend it was going to be this big,” pronounced Hayes.

Both were happy with their sandwich orders from Mosley’s. Hayes got pig and Happ got “The Mosley” that is a duck sandwich. The beef was sour and proposal with a spirit of mustard, Happ said.

Behind a scenes of festivalgoers delight were hundreds of volunteers assisting with all from parking to games.

“We have a outrageous turnout,” pronounced Ed Berry, one of a eventuality volunteers, adding that a balmy continue was pleasing deliberation a eventuality got rained on a past dual years. “It’s a illusory family-centered event. The grill is great, there’s good song — I’m really impressed.”

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