Pig out, enjoy live music at Tennessee River BBQ Battle & Music Fest

APRIL 10 – A two-day celebration of barbecue, live music and family fun, sponsored by Southwest Tennessee Tourism takes place Friday and Saturday in Hardin County. 

The Tennessee River BBQ Battle and Music Fest will be held just south of Savannah, at Green Acres RV Resort, on Tenn. 128 between Savannah and Pickwick.

 “We have new things this year,” said Mary Beth Hopper, event coordinator and director of Southwest Tennessee Tourism Association. “In addition to the People’s Choice award where those attending can sample professional barbecue, there will be vendors selling barbecue by the pound and by the sandwich. And non-profits, like Savannah Lions Club, will be selling single serving homemade desserts.”

Beginning Friday afternoon, visitors can enjoy live music by some rising area bands. 

Friday’s line-up starts at 5 p.m. with Lady Sundown and Jacked Lightning. Saturday’s performances start at 2 p.m. with  John Spears and a Band of Jones, Step N’ Tyme, Stumpwater, Steve Hopper and Dead Horse.

The outdoor fun includes something for all ages – arts and crafts, muscle and classic car cruise-in, corn hole tournament and more. 


The Tennessee River BBQ Battle & Music Fest is a Kansas City Barbeque Society event that for the first two years was held in nearby Jackson, Tennessee, and in 2017 moved to Savannah.  

“Each year we have a Meal Mission, where extra pork butts are prepared to make a difference in our community. This year we’ll be donating pork butts to Aspell Recovery, Jack Gean Shelter and Teen Challenge,” said Hopper.

Admission to the grounds is free. Parking is available on site and just across the highway. Shuttles will run from Hardin County High School’s north parking lot starting at 4 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday; and Pickwick Landing State Park’s west parking lot, starting at 5 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday.

“Come enjoy two days of great music and the heavenly smells of some of the best barbecue in the country,” said Beth Pippin, Hardin County Tourism and Convention Bureau director.

Organizers said proceeds from the event will benefit several local non-profits.

For more information contact Southwest Tennessee Tourism at 731-616-7474 or Hardin County CVB at 731-925-8181. 

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