Tifton Chamber Focus Summer 2020 - Page 10

Rhythm & Ribs Festival 2020 The 2020 Rhythm & Ribs Barbecue Festival brought featured over 50 teams from all over Georgia competing for over $9,000 in prize money. Seven music acts performed throughout the day at the Syd Blackmarr Stage, keeping the estimated day-long crowd of nearly 15,000 visitors entertained throughout the day. The festival also featured nearly 100 vendors and visitors enjoyed a beautiful March Saturday in the Friendly City. Ironically, the festival took place one week before the COVID-19 shutdown so the festival was the last of its kind in the region before restrictions were put in place. Photos courtesy of Adam Brown, Vital Lens Productions The Lang BBQ Smokers team from Blackshear was named Grand Champion in the Professional tournament, taking home $3,000 and the Grand Champion trophy. Darryl Strickland and Matt Lee accepted the trophy from Mayor Julie Smith and Tyron Spearman. Co-headliner AJ Ghent showed off his masterful guitar skills as he wowed the crowd with his fusion of blues, funk, pop and rock music. Lead singer Eugene Snowden of the Legendary JC’s showed why the band has been so popular for so long as he finished the band’s energetic set by taking it into the excited crowd at Fulwood Park for the grand finale. 10 Tift Chamber Focus • SUMMER 2020