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Decatur BBQ Festival moves to Legacy Park

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Decatur BBQ Festival moves to Legacy Park

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Dianne Durrett performs at the festival. File photo by Steve Eberhardt


After years of being held on a broiling asphalt parking lot in August, the Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival is moving from its traditional Oakhurst location to cooler environs for its 19th year.

The former United Methodist Children’s home, now called Legacy Park, will host the festival this year. The festival is set for Aug. 10. A lineup for this year’s event was not available. Legacy Park is located at 500 S. Columbia Drive in East Decatur.

“The move is a welcome one for festival organizers having outgrown the combination lot and park in the Oakhurst Business District at the corner of Oakview and East Lake Drive,” a press  release for the event says.

The city of Decatur bought the 77-acre UMCH property for $40 million in 2017.

“We had been looking at new sites as early as last spring for the 2019 version and realized that for a better all-around festival goer experience and a solid long term future we needed to substitute the asphalt for green grass and trees,” Festival Director Michael Vajda said in a press release. “The site at 500 S. Columbia is perfect and should be a much more comfortable experience. We can’t wait to showcase this site and continue to bring our attendees a great lineup of music and delicious BBQ!”

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