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|Bowie Festival this weekend|
The Vidalia Chamber of Commerce's annual Jim Bowie Festival will offer a busy weekend of wide-ranging activities on the riverfront.
The festival, held on the banks of the Mississippi River at the Riverview RV Park, offers a Memphis-style barbecue competition, an amateur barbecue competition, crafts, amusements, a pageant for young girls, British cars, fun for all ages and great entertainment headlined by T. Graham Brown.
The D.A.R.E. Youth Fishing Tournament will also be held in conjunction with the festival. Weigh-in will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sponsored by the Vidalia Chamber of Commerce, the fall event has been a community effort since the 1980s.
Admission is $2 Friday and $5 on Saturday. Kids wearing a 2008 D.A.R.E. t-shirt are free.
The festival grounds open Friday evening at 5 p.m. with an amateur barbecue cooking contest and the Little Miss Bowie Pageant beginning at 6:30 p.m.
On the river Saturday, entertainment is scheduled throughout the day with T. Graham Brown performing 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Also scheduled to perform are Joyful Noise (10 a.m.), Backroads (11 a.m.), Chad and the Regulators (12 p.m.) and Mauva Bell & Hotwater (1:45 to 3 p.m.).
There will be children's activities, a pupper show, crafts and food vendors.
While the festival is in full swing, professional barbecuers will be battling it out in the Bowie BBQ Duel. Professional cooking teams will be vying for the Louisiana State Championship and a berth to the international Memphis in May contest in three categories — shoulder, whole hog and ribs. The awards ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m.
The Jim Bowie Sandbar Duel of 1827 will brought to life at 1 p.m. near the main stage with historian Jack Edmondson.
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