Alex River Fête

Pit Masters Compete at Jim Bowie Festival & BBQ Throwdown

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Held in the riverfront town of Vidalia, the annual Jim Bowie Festival & BBQ Throwdown is a three-day event celebrating the life of American frontiersman Jim Bowie. A sanctioned Kansas City Barbecue Society competition with a cash prize of $10,000, the event has been featured on the Travel Channel's "BBQ Crawl." Contestants from around the country compete to secure the prize: a spot in the Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Lynchburg, Tennessee.

Held the last weekend of September, the Jim Bowie Festival is located in a recreational area on the banks of the Mississippi River and includes a historic reenactment of longtime Louisiana resident Jim Bowie and his famed Sandbar Fight, which took place near the festival site.

The gathering also features live music, including bluegrass, gospel, country, and rock and roll bands. Food booths offer Cajun and Creole cuisine, while local artists and craftspeople showcase paintings, jewelry, furniture, decorative pieces for the home and garden and other handmade items.

Children enjoy inflatables and games, while teens and adults can take part in skeet shooting and archery competitions.

Photo Credit: City of Vidalia