West Tenn. weekend events expected to draw thousands

JACKSON, Tenn. — Thousands of people are expected to attend events across West Tennessee this weekend.

weekendWorkers set up for the 8th annual Tennessee Cigar and Brew Fest on Friday at the Jackson Fairgrounds. Kris Kelley with Central Distributors helps put on the event.

“It’s trying to bring awareness about different styles of beers in our small community,” Kelley said.

People can sample more than 60 beers from about 25 breweries on Saturday. Doors open at noon for VIP ticket holders. General admission ticket holders can sample from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. “This is a good event for you to be able to try multiple kinds of beer and find out what you like,” Kelley said.

If you like BBQ and live music, head down Highway 18 to Bolivar. The Smokin’ Downtown Barbecue and Music Festival kicks off Friday night.

“There’s something here for everybody this weekend,” Hardeman County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kandy Shackelford said.

Shackelford said nearly 40 barbecue teams from across the region come to compete. Visitors can also enjoy live music, a DJ and a cornhole tournament. Saturday’s events include a 5K run, crafts on the square, plus a pet walk and costume contest.

“We’re hoping that people will come and will think about maybe starting a business or perhaps relocating here,” Shackelford said.

If you want some exercise, head out to the Ballpark at Jackson on Saturday morning. The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk kicks off at 9 a.m. Proceeds go to research, education and patient services.

The Down Syndrome Association of West Tennessee will host a buddy walk at Union University on Saturday. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The one-mile walk starts at 10 a.m.

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