Great Americana BBQ fest to combine barbecue, spirits, music and a 4-ton ’tater

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More than 80 teams will be competing this weekend for money, bragging rights and opportunities to advance to the Jack Daniels BBQ competition. 

As for the public, there will be plenty of great entertainment to enjoy while you feast on some delicious barbecue.

Among the list of performers are:

Andrew Millsaps, who has performed for more than seven years as a solo act in the country music genre while gaining a loyal following along the way with his strong vocals and creative songwriting. Milsaps will perform from 11 a.m. to noon.

Patrick Carpenter, a guitar-slinging, singer-songwriter blurring the lines of mainstream pop, ’80s rock and traditional country to fill stadiums, dives and even back-of-the-house porches. Carpenter will perform from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Ashlyn Grace, a young singer-songwriter born in Nashville. Being from Music City, it is no coincidence that she grew up in a musical household and has been surrounded by music all her life. Grace will perform from 2 to 3 p.m.

Liv Noelle, a Nashville recording artist and songwriter who can pour you out a glass of Americana blues mixed with rock and soul. She is originally from Southern Ohio but is now a proud resident of Franklin. Her songs magnify the dimensions of one’s heart and mind. Liv Noelle will perform from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Tasting tent: For those looking to try some of Tennessee’s finest locally made spirits, the festival is offering a tasting of Tennessee whiskey, rum, rye, vodka and, of course, moonshine.

Tickets for this are $35 and require proof of legal drinking age.

Kids zone: There will be a new and improved kids zone this year, including a visit from the Big Idaho Potato Truck. The truck is on it eighth cross-country journey to celebrate the famous potato. Have your picture taken with a 4-ton potato this weekend.

Flavor of Franklin: Friday night will feature food from over 30 area restaurants under the beautiful setting at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm. Tickets for Friday night are $35 in advance and $40 at the door and include two drinks. 

For tickets and information, go to www.greatamericanabbqfestival.com.

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