Union County

Downtown gearing up for annual autumn festival

Waxhaw Autumn Treasures Festival will be Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Oct. 11, noon-5 p.m. The event is Waxhaw’s largest festival.

Up and down Main Street, local crafters offer their personal creations. Visitors have the opportunity to converse with the artisans and many festivalgoers use this opportunity to begin their holiday gift shopping.

At Autumn Treasures, the chances are good that you will find that one-of-a-kind present you’re looking for. If you are a car buff, there’s an additional treat. It’s the American Legion Hometown Heroes motor show featuring classic, antique and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles. The show will take place in the parking lot of the Mill off Main Street, and shuttles will take visitors to and from the main venue to the car show.

The aromas and tastes also could get your attention. For several years, The Grillin’ and Chillin’ Barbecue cook-off has been a featured event. It’s sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Thirty professional teams will compete for prize money and state championship titles.

On Oct. 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., the teams turn in their work to be judged by a professional line-up of KCBS-certified judges. Teams are judged in four categories: chicken, pork ribs, pork shoulder/butt, and beef brisket.

Then, 1:30-4:30 p.m., the public will get a chance to taste the barbecue. All ticket sales from this event help local charities. Winners will be announced later in the evening.

If you’re near the music stage, chances are you’ll hear several regional bands. On Oct. 10, Underground Owls kick things off at noon. Then comes Smokin’Gunn at 1 p.m., Caroline Keller band at 2 p.m., TBird and Some Groove at 3 p.m., and Aerial View will finish at 4 p.m.

On Sunday, the lineup starts with Almost Famous at noon, followed by Throw Back at 1 p.m., Nelson McSwain & Ricky Traywick at 2 p.m., Party Parrot Band at 3 p.m. and Carson Hill closes the musical program at 4 p.m.

The Kid Zone features inflatables, carnival rides, pony rides, petting zoo, kid’s crafts and a children’s entertainment stage. Waxhaw’s events and promotions manager, Lisa Hoffman, said the Kids Zone will be on East North Main Street by the Military Wall of Honor.

Schedules and more information about Autumn Treasures is available at www.waxhaw.com, and on the Town of Waxhaw Facebook page.

John Anderson is a freelance writer: jafortrel@aol.com.