As if the smell of barbecue won't be enough to entice people downtown to Maysville's Market Street Saturday evening, the sound of music will bring them face to face with a wonderful late summer festival.
Pig Out On Market, the third barbecue festival for Maysville, begins at 5 p.m. with the band Face to Face playing from 7-10 p.m.
Sponsored by MSE of Kentucky, Kibler Lumber, Kern Food Distribution Inc., State Electric Supply Company and the law firm of Royse, Zweigart, Kirk, Brammer and Caudill, the festival promises to be more popular than in the past.
"One thing we've changed, is the time," said Duff Giffen, tourism director. "We brought it to the evening, because we have better luck with evening events."
Last year Giffen said many people had other activities during the day, came to the barbecue festival late in the evening, only to find many vendors had sold out. This year the sponsors and tourism officials wanted to change the time of the event.
Norbert Gallenstein, owner of O'Rourke's Pub, said six barbecue vendors had signed up by mid week and he hopes to get two more.
"We like to have about eight," he said. "That's a good number."
At 6 p.m. judges will be tasting barbecue in four different categories: chicken, pork ribs, beef brisket, pork shoulder or Boston butt.
"We have about four judges for each category," Gallenstein said. "Each cooker uses the same barbecue sauce, so we don't want the same judges tasting the same thing over."
As most of the barbecue lovers rely on smell to guide them in their choices, the judges have more guidelines. Gallenstein said they will be looking for taste, appearance, tenderness and texture.
Although Gallenstein cooks for special events at the pub, he said his ribs are probably not up for public consumption, but that doesn't diminish his love of the popular pork entree.
"I'm partial to a good rib," he said. "My favorite is baby back ribs."
Market Street will be closed off at 5 p.m. Friday night to make way for the smokers, pits and grills that will be used for cooking. Some, according to Gallenstein will be cooking all night.
"We are looking for a big crowd out here," he said. "We want everybody to come out and have a good time."
Contact Danetta Barker at 606-564-9091 ext. 272.