A highlight of Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass is the 14th Annual Mountain Soul Vocal Competition Finals held on May 19. Finalists from around the nation will sing their hearts out for a chance to win cash and prizes. This competition, the only one of its kind that festival organizers know of, honors the songwriting of Dolly Parton. Competitors, male and female, must sing a song written by Dolly Parton (there are over 3,000) and do so in their own style (rock, rap, country, bluegrass, swing, soul, etc.).
The People’s Choice Tasting Contest presented by Dolly Parton’s Celebration a Spectacular Dinner Show, is a fun element to the event and allows event-goers to sample and vote for their favorite championship pulled pork from participating teams. A returning element to this year’s event will be two lines – a Yellow Line and a Blue Line. Patrons choose the line they want to sample from when purchasing their tickets. Sample the que, vote for your favorite and pull for your team to win! Guests can purchase tickets for $10 in advance by calling the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce at 865-453-6411 or at the festival. The People’s Choice Tasting Contest takes place between 2:30pm and 3:30pm on Saturday May 19.