Powers: Pig N Swig, concerts on tap

by Sarah Fay Campbell

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Sessions at Sunset is a monthly outdoor concert, and attendees can bring food, drinks, tables, toys and their kids.

The summer months at Powers Pavilion include the monthly Sessions at Sunset concert series, the annual Labor Day Weekend Powers Festival and, this weekend, the Pig N Swig, a barbecue and craft beer festival.

The Pig N Swig is a Georgia Barbecue Association- sponsored barbecue cook-off, with $12,000 in prizes.

Professional cookers will arrive today and start cooking. The 'backyard' competition begins Saturday and runs through Sunday. There will be backyard samples on Sunday, and each ticket holder will vote on the 'Best Community BBQ' grand prize winner, which will be awarded Sunday at 4.

There will be vendors selling food and beer all weekend, and there will be live music.

There's a special entry for Jeeps, and a Jeep obstacle course and car crush zone. The Jeep course is $5 per day, and all proceeds will benefit Humble Heroes.

The barbecue entry fee is $5, and includes Saturday and Sunday.

The beer festival will feature more than 50 beers, and admission is $30. The craft beer festival runs from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The admission price includes a glass for your beer, as well as admission to the barbecue festival Saturday and Sunday.

As of Thursday, there are 32 pro teams, but only seven backyard teams, said Amy Lane of Powers Pavilion. There's plenty of time to get your backyard team entered. The backyard first prize is $1,000, and entry is $100. Cookers need to bring five Boston butts. You can sign up through Saturday, online at www.PigNSwig.com, or by calling 770-253-2011.

Sessions at Sunset is a monthly evening concert at the Powers Pavilion stage. You can bring your dinner and any beverages you so desire. A limited number of tables and grills are available or you can bring your own. Each month, there is a contest for the best decorated table.

The June concert featured Riley and Rebecca, and George Applegate and the Saltwater Band, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band. Plenty of Parrotheads were out, and there was a tropical theme to the tables and the clothing. There was also a tackiest Hawaiian shirt competition.

'I love it. It's awesome,' said Mel Kendrick, a member of the Coweta Festivals Inc. board of directors. Coweta Festivals, composed of several local civic clubs and organizations, owns the Powers Pavilion property.

'What a way to spend an evening,' she said.

Kenna and Ken Libby were at their first Sessions at Sunset in June, but 'we're going to come to every one,' Ken said. They had a great time. 'We love to come out and see people,' he said.

'There's nothing like it.'

The July concert will be held July 20, and will feature bluegrass band 3 Bucks Shy, and an opening band to be determined.

Admission is $10 and all ages are welcome.



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