Owensboro turns out for BBQ festival

OWENSBORO — Jamie Shannon of Owensboro just finished a mutton sandwich from St. Pius Tenth's food booth Friday evening and was ready to join her friends for more of the 2010 International Bar-B-Q Festival.

"It's kind of sweet and then a little hot," she said. "Mutton is what I think of when I think of barbecue."

Shannon, a regular at the festival, disappeared among a throng strolling Second Street.

The 32nd annual festival is Owensboro's largest and one of the biggest in the state, said Steve Johnson, chairman of the Owensboro-Daviess County Visitors and Convention Bureau.

Festivalgoers sampled all sorts of food including homemade ice cream, deep-fried candy bars, bloomin' onions, corn on the cob and funnel cakes

They also found plenty of wood crafts, hats, caps and jewelry for sale and lots of live music on multiple stages.

And the kids wasted no time making it to the midway for the thrill of the merry-go-round or the Ferris wheel and points in-between.

The festival concluded Saturday with clearer, cooler weather — and lots more barbecue.