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The BBQ and Brews festival will be returning to Canton on Aug. 1 at The Mill on Etowah, 225 Reformation Parkway, from noon to 8 p.m. A number of barbecue and shopping vendors will be at the festival.

The BBQ and Brews festival is returning to Canton on Aug. 1 at The Mill on Etowah, 225 Reformation Parkway, from noon to 8 p.m., offering food, beer and family fun.

The free to attend festival will include a number of barbecue vendors for festival goers to choose from. Some of the notable vendors include Choate BBQ, AF7 BBQ, and Smokin’ Tony’s BBQ. Reformation Brewery beer will be available as well. For those looking to do some shopping, retail vendors will be lined up at the festival, offering a vast array of items ranging from clothing, jewelry, and hand-made items, to food, drinks and ice cream.

“Vendors will be put out and scattered on the street and in front of Reformation Brewery, as well as in front of the mill,” organizer Gary Lamb said. “We wanted to leave the green space open so people could enjoy the live music and relax. The vibe will be very similar to the market that we have been having every Tuesday for the last several weeks.”

Live music will start at noon with the Jonathan Peyton Band from noon to 2 p.m., followed by the Chip McGuire band from 3-5 p.m. Finishing off the festival will be the Last Chance Riders from 6-8 p.m. Lamb said that there will be a kids area consisting of several inflatables and activities and there will be a small admission fee.

A new addition to the festival will be welcoming one of the first mobile axe throwing companies in Georgia, Savage Axes.

“Everything that we are bringing to the BBQ and Brews festival this year will give off a festive atmosphere as we try to create a little bit of normalcy and sense of community in these uncertain times,” Lamb said.

Lamb said that social distancing guidelines will be in place to ensure that the safest possible experience for festival goers. People will be encouraged to stay with smaller groups and masks will not be required, but for those who want to wear one, they are free to do so.

“We are going to be sending and posting reminders from the state to encourage being safe and smart and we also have signs posted all around the mill asking to social distance,” Lamb said. “We have learned with the market that people are smart about going out in public and tend to practice social distancing as much as they can.”

For updates, visit the BBQ and Brews facebook page at www.facebook.com/bbqandbrews/?rc=p.

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Ethan is a reporter covering the cities of Holly Springs & Canton. He also covers city governments and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.

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