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PHOTO GALLERY: Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ wraps up

Saturday, September 26, 2009 | 10:08 p.m. CDT; updated 11:22 p.m. CDT, Saturday, September 26, 2009
Balloon artist Mike Martin and Columbia resident Beverly Bell help place a balloon hat on 8-year-old Nikki Williams' head on Saturday, outside of Flat Branch Park during the third annual Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival. Bell said the wait for balloon creations was an hour long.

At the third annual Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival, Columbians enjoyed a variety of events. Whether grilling or swaying to the music, Columbia's streets were full of people ready to experience all the festival had to offer.

Paul Searles cheers on the Itals, a reggae vocal group based out of Jamaica's Westmoreland Parish, following their performance Saturday night. The Itals are currently on tour across the U.S.
Wesley Moyston keeps an eye on the meats at the Jamaican Jerk Hut station Saturday, on Cherry Street. The Jamaican Jerk Hut was one of about a dozen food vendors at the festival this year.
Texas country singer James Hand performs Saturday, on the stage at Seventh and Locust Streets during the third annual Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival. Hand, who has appeared on Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, also played at the Whole Hog Lounge for the VIP guests.
Columbia resident Shelly Ramsey surveys the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival on Fifth Street on Saturday. Ramsey has been coming to the festival for three years now, and says she "always has a great time."
Up in Smoke barbecue team member William Bryan slices sausage at the team's station before the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival judging on Saturday. The team, which is from Marshall, has been barbecuing together for about 15 years.

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