A smorgasbord of music, barbeque, and fun are on tap the first weekend in May attracting as many as 25,000 barbeque connoisseurs to downtown Huntsville. WhistleStop Weekend brings with it a weekend of live music, barbeque samples, a corn hole tournament, a wing cook-off and professional and amateur barbecue competitions.
The barbeque cook-off contains three divisions: a professional division sanctioned by Kansas City Barbeque Society, the Kid’s Q for children 8 to 14 years old, and the Shade Tree (amateur) division. Festivalgoers have two opportunities to vote for their favorite team. The public decides the winner of the Wing Thing contest ($10 fee to sample and vote) and festival goers can visit over 40 of the ShadeTree Cooking teams who offer samples for the People’s Choice Awards. Festivalgoers vote for their favorite by placing money in a jar provided at the cook-site. The team with the most money will be presented with the People’s Choice Award during the awards presentations.
The live music is just as smokin’ as the barbecue and the Alabama Cornhole Championship takes place on both days of the festival.
All activities take place on the grounds of the Historic Huntsville Depot located at 320 Church Street. Festival hours are Friday 4 to 11 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, visit www.whistlestopweekend.com or call 256.564.8100.