METROPOLIS -- This Massac County city recently celebrated a successful Superman Celebration, but the summer fun is far from done in southernmost Illinois.
The Super City Blues and Ques festival returns to Fort Massac State Park this weekend, Friday and Saturday, June 27 and 28, for its 13th year. Last year’s event brought 10,000 people to the city of Superman through the two days, and organizers hope for a similar turnout this year, provided Mother Nature cooperates.
“It fills up our hotels and our restaurants,” said Parks and Recreation Director Priscilla Abell. “It’s a time for people to come in and see our area and enjoy it. For the community, it’s just a chance to enjoy some great live music and fun.”
Festivities begin at noon Friday with music from 2 to 9 p.m., featuring Soul Bandits, Lew Jetton and 61 South, Elam McKnight and the John Sutton Band. Saturday’s music entertainment runs from 1 to 9 p.m. with acts including Beat Daddy’s, Cuttin’ Jessies, the Tommy Akers Band and Crestview Kings.
“We have some really good bands,” Abell said. “It’s all live, and it’s all free. It’s definitely worth the trip.”
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But many of the festival’s attendees are there for more than the music. On Saturday, teams will compete in a state championship competition for the Kansas City BBQ Society. The winning team will win $1,000 and entry into the finals in Kansas City in October.
Friday night will feature an Anything But competition for entrees, sides, sauces and sweets. Each entry is $25 and prizes up to $75 will be awarded in each category.
Other activities are planned for the weekend, as well. These include a variety of vendors selling food and wares, a beer garden, kids’ activities and an arts and crafts fair.
“It’s just a good time for families to enjoy the community,” Abell said.
For more information, call 618-524-1696 or visit metropolistourism.com.