Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ kicks off

October 3, 2008 | 10:45 p.m. CDT
For a $250 ticket, festival goers on Friday evening received unlimited access to food, beer and backstage passes at this weekend’s second annual Roots ‘N Blues N’ BBQ Festival. Entertainment filled downtown Columbia for a musical lineup that included performances by country singer James Hand and the Second Missionary Baptist Church. Attendees ate their fill of local barbecue, served hot out of make-shift tents and mobile restaurants that decorated the streets. Blankets, beer and pink balloons set the scene as people applauded and chattered as the day came to an end. Festivities lasted well into the night, coming to a close around 11 p.m.