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Sevierville (TN) –Sevierville’s 12th Annual Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass festival, held May 20 and 21 in downtown Sevierville brought local and out-of-town guests to downtown Sevierville for an opportunity to enjoy great food and world-class bluegrass music.

Forty-six cook teams attended the Bush’s Best Tennessee State Championship Barbeque Cook-Off held during the event, with Checkered Pig (Martinsville, VA) claiming Grand Champion while Late Night Whiskey Smokers (Lynchburg, TN) earned the Reserve Grand Champion award. Ancillary cook-off competitions included Anything Bush Beans, which was won by Chairman of the Boar (Maryville, TN), and Anything Swaggerty’s Farm Sausage, which was won by Soggy Bottom Smokers (Corryton, TN).

Sevierville's BBQ & Bluegrass Festival2016 Grand Champion
Bush’s Best Tennessee State Championship Cook Off winners Checkered Pig (Martinsville, VA) pose with festival characters and Junior BBQ Ambassadors.

The People’s Choice Tasting Contest presented by Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack Adventure allowed event attendees to sample and judge competition pulled pork. E.T.’s BBQ (Palatka, FL) claimed first prize in this fun event.

Twenty-one vocalists belted out a variety of Dolly Parton songs in unique styles during the 12th annual Mountain Soul Vocal Competition with Savannah Swatland (South Wales, NY) earning the top spot and grand prize in the 13+ age division while singing “When Jesus Comes Calling for Me.” Second place went to Katelyn Hedrick (Sevierville, TN) who sang “Light of a Clear Blue Morning”. Third place honors went to Reganne Morris (Sevierville, TN) singing “From Here to the Moon and Back”.

First place in the 12 and under category went to Erin Ott (Knoxville, TN) who sang “9 to 5.” Aubreana Lovell (Jefferson, NC) took home second place for her rendition of “Jolene” while Kylie Forbes (Parrotsville, TN) won 3rd place singing “Jolene.”

Sevierville's BBQ & Bluegrass Festival 2016 Mountain Soul Competition Winners
Mountain Soul Vocal Competition winners. L-R Erin Ott (Knoxville, TN) and Savannah Swatland (South Wales, NY)

“We are truly grateful to everyone who comes together to make this event happen each year and all of the people who attend – both those who live here locally and those who have joined us from out of the area,” says Sevierville Chamber of Commerce Director of Marketing & Communications Amanda Marr. “We are already looking forward to next year’s event and plan to make it bigger and better than ever before.”

Mark your calendars now for next year’s Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass Festival slated for May 19 and 20, 2017.