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PHOTO GALLERY: Exploring the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival

Friday, September 25, 2009 | 5:30 p.m. CDT; updated 1:07 p.m. CDT, Saturday, September 26, 2009
Sammy Stidham of Columbia gets ready to pour a fresh batch of kettle corn into a drum at the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival on Cherry Street on Friday.

    

Sammy Stidham pours a fresh batch of kettle corn from the popper into the cooling copper drum to be bagged in preparation for the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival on Friday. Stidham pops the corn in hot oil and sugar and his wife Dee salts the popped corn and bags it to be sold.
Andrew Beer, with Logic Systems Sound & Lighting Inc., makes sound adjustments for the stage at the intersection of Eighth and Locust on Friday. This is the first year that Logic Systems, located in St. Louis, has taken part in the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival.
Microphones wait as the crew of MSA Productions/B&M Stage Productions prepare the stage in Peace Park on Friday. The company, which is co-owned by Bob Reeves, has worked every Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival. This year it is providing all the sound and power for the event.
A stage for the Roots 'N Blues BBQ Festival is complete on Locust Street on Friday. Roads began closing Friday morning in preparation for the festival that takes place Friday night from 5:15 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Allen James prepares chicken at his booth on the corner of Cherry Street and Fifth Street Friday. James is a member of team Smokin’ O’s and will compete in tomorrow’s Roots 'N Blues BBQ competition.
Gary Walkup checks the temperature of his hamburgers on Friday on Fifth Street. Walkup is a member of the team Belly Brothers and will compete in the Roots 'N Blues BBQ competition.
Teams competing in the Roots 'N Blues BBQ competition set up their stations Friday in front of Flat Branch on Fifth Street in downtown Columbia. The teams will be serving BBQ Friday from 5:15 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Blue Note production manager Dylan McCord and Blue Note engineer Scott Mitchell sort through all the microphones that will be used for the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival on Thursday at the Peace Park stage. The third annual festival will feature five stages and, for the first time, will require attendees to purchase tickets.
Josh Berneking, right, of Logic Systems Sounds and Lighting Inc., works with Heith Furtangler of MSA Productions/B&M Stage Productions to prepare the sound for the stage at Eighth and Locust on Friday. Berneking began as a disc jockey at 18 and progressed into live audio engineering. "I'm just really into music," he said.
John Berkbuegler checks on his hamburgers Friday on Fifth Street. Berkbuegler is one member of Belly Brothers, a team that has been competing together for five years.
Blue Note production manager Dylan McCord reviews sound equipment with Blue Note engineer Scott Mitchell on Thursday while setting up the Peace Park stage for the upcoming Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival. Because the Peace Park stage is the only one in the festival where open containers will be allowed, the production team said they expect this stage to be the most crowded.
Bob Reeves, co-owner of MSA Productions, works to get electrical equipment under cover from the oncoming rain on Thursday at the Peace Park stage for the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival. Reeves and his Columbia-based company, which set up all five stages for the festival this year, began putting all the stages together at 8 a.m. on Thursday.

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