4,000 people expected to attend the April 28 Southern Flame Festival for a celebration of barbecue and bluegrass at The Ponds.
Nationally renowned Lonesome River Band headlines; 40 barbecue teams compete for prizes
SUMMERVILLE, SC - On Saturday, April 28, the aroma of wood smoke once again wafts through ancient live oaks while groups of children laugh and adults dance to the music of bluegrass bands at the Southern Flame Festival. For the eighth year the festival returns to the historic community, The Ponds at 326 Hundred Oaks Pkwy, Summerville, SC 29483.
The Southern Flame Festival is a family friendly event featuring barbecue cooked by competitive teams, music from nationally recognized bluegrass bands, dancing and all-day fun. Gates open at 10:30 AM. The Festival begins at 11:00 AM and runs until 8:00 PM. All day parking is $10 per car. Food and beverage tickets are available for purchase at $1 each. Using tickets, guests have their choice of barbecue taste samples from the cook teams, hamburgers, hot dogs, non-alcoholic beverages and beers.
Troy Powell, event coordinator for the Summerville Miracle League which organizes the event said, “We’re excited to put on another outstanding event this year. There’s nothing more Southern than this event with barbecue, bluegrass and families gathered under these incredible live oaks at The Ponds. We expect almost 4,000 people to come out and enjoy more than 1,300 pounds of barbecue from these fiercely competitive cook teams.”
Award-winning Lonesome River Band headlines the event and plays from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. Lonesome River is led by Sammy Shelor, a five-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year, and winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. The band has a 35-year legacy of performing outstanding bluegrass music.
On stage from 12:00 – 2 PM is Common Ground, led by award-winning and Grammy nominated, Alan Bibey.
The Southern Flame Festival barbecue competition is sanctioned by the Southern BBQ Network (SBN). Awards are presented to the cook teams from 3:00 – 4:00 PM by judges who are accredited by the SBN.
The Southern Flame Festival benefits the Summerville Miracle League (SML), a non-profit organization with the sole mission of affording opportunities for all persons with special needs in the Dorchester County. One of the most well-known programs of SML is their adaptive baseball program. The Festival is the organizations only annual fundraising event.
For directions to The Ponds, visit The Ponds Living. For answers to questions about Southern Flame Festival visit the event website.
About: The goal of the non-profit Summerville Miracle League is to enhance the lives of people with special needs. This is accomplished primarily through the national pastime of baseball, but also includes other activities that bring together athletes and their families in a positive and enriching way.
About: The Ponds combines authentic Lowcountry charm with an unparalleled list of modern, new home amenities. Located in Summerville, South Carolina, it’s just a short drive from Charleston, yet a world away. Here, over 1,000 acres of preserved land include ancient moss-draped oaks, historic trails, ponds, lakes and acres of open recreational spaces. It’s the kind of place that simply can’t be created, but can be preserved. This remarkable community offers some of the most beautiful new homes for sale that Summerville, SC has to offer and is perfectly situated within the highly rated Dorchester District 2 school district, yet still just minutes from the beaches and culture of Charleston. Welcome to real Carolina living.
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