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Bob Sykes Bbq & Blues Festival

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DeBardeleben Park

2nd Avenue North

Bessemer, AL 35020

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Come celebrate Bob Sykes Bbq 60th Anniversary at the 8th Annual Bob Sykes Bbq and Blues Festival on Saturday, May 20th. The event will combine the best of both music and bbq at the beautiful DeBardeleben Park located in historic downtown Bessemer, Alabama from 12-8pm. Gates open at 11am. You can expect to hear talented award winning local and national blues musicians. Be sure to bring a chair or blanket and set-up your spot for the day.

The festival will begin by honoring National Armed Forces Day. The Airforce Band of the West Dimensions in Blue will kick off the festival with their jazz ensemble. Military discounts to all active and retired will be offered when their Military ID is presented at the gate to receive $10 off general admission tickets. The amazing blues musicians set to perform will include: Chris Simmons, Albert White and the MusicMaker Revue, Eight O'Five Jive, Markey Blue, The Norman Jackson Band and Joe Louis Walker. It's going to be a great show so get ready to shake a leg!

2nd Generation owner and pitmaster of Bob Sykes Bbq, Van Sykes says “Each year the festival grows and we couldn’t do it without our sponsors and the support of the community. Patrons come from all over the Southeast.” The festival was chosen by Al.com for numerous years as one of the top food festivals in Alabama. There is something to do for the entire family including a large kids corner with activities and games. Children twelve and under are free with a ticketed adult. The festival offers a variety of booths including arts and crafts, outdoor exhibits, legendary Bob Sykes bbq, and a diverse selection of vendors selling tempting offers. Expect a fun time for all!

General admission and VIP Tickets can be purchased at www.bobsykesblues.com or at Bob Sykes Bar B Q Restaurant. A portion of the festival proceeds will benefit Ady’s Army a non-profit organization that serves special needs families. www.adysarmy.org

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DeBardeleben Park

1623 2nd Avenue North

Bessemer, AL 35020

www.bobsykesblues.com 205-426-1400



Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

All ages are welcomed! 12 and under is free with ticketed adult. Have to show ID when purchasing alcholoic beverages.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Free parking is located around the 4 block park

What can I bring into the event?

Please bring chairs or blankets. Please don't bring coolers and pets

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Visit the Bob Sykes FB Pages or call Bob Sykes Bbq Restaurant at 205-426-1400

What's the refund policy?

No refunds. Rain or shine event

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes or your wristband that you purchased from Bob Sykes Bbq Restaurant

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable? NO

Does the festival accept credit cards? YES

What can be purchased at the festival?

Bob Sykes food tent will be selling award winning bbq, sides and desserts.

Pepsi beverages and water will be sold

Beer and wine will be sold

Vendors will be selling arts, crafts, merchandise to purchase

Will there be a kids corner? Yes. Free games and activities will be provided.

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2nd Avenue North

Bessemer, AL 35020

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