Lounsbury House to host barbecue, music festival May 4-5

Odeen's serves barbecue at the annual Ridgefield Gone Country festival in May. — Steve Coulter photo
Odeen's serves barbecue at the annual Ridgefield Gone Country festival in May. — Steve Coulter photo

The sixth annual BBQ & Music Fest — formerly known as Ridgefield Gone Country — will take place May 4 and May 5 at The Lounsbury House on Main Street.

The Rotary Club of Ridgefield, which donates 100% of the proceeds to charitable organizations, has announced that the Lounsbury House would be hosting the event for the sixth straight year. It was previously reported that the barbecue festival would be held at St. Stephen's Church.

This year's festival will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 4, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5. Nine bands will perform over the course of the two days.

"This year’s event will be even bigger than last year’s," said Rotary Club member Joe Savino. "Due to the larger event, we are thankful to the Lounsbury House for supporting us and we also want to thank St. Stephens for all their efforts in helping us ensure a successful event. A full slate of nine bands will perform. We will also have an ABBA Tribute Band sponsored by Barts Tree Service.

Last year's barbecue festival drew more than 7,000 people to Ridgefield's historic downtown. The event features a world class barbecue championship,  kid’s rides, a riding bull, live music and plenty of food. It will coincide with Downtown Ridgefield's Spring Stroll.

One of the headline events for the BBQ Festival weekend will be the Connecticut State BBQ Championship. This is sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society and Northeast BBQ Society. There will be 30 barbecue masters competing for the championship.

Tickets prices are the same as last year: $10 for adults and $5 for students. Children under 12 are free. Learn more about the event at RidgefieldBBQCT.com.

The proceeds of this event are returned to scholarships and charities via the Rotary grant process

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