Things could get deliciously messy at Saturday’s Buckeye Craft Beer & BBQ Festival.
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Love BBQ? Here are 3 reasons you can’t miss this festival this weekend

So here we are in July and you’re saying you feel a little festival’d out? Allow me to offer you three reasons to rise up off the couch and go out and do it again for the Buckeye Craft Beer & BBQ Festival in Waynesville this Saturday.

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Now I know lots of area festivals have beer, and we’re sure glad they do. But do they have more than 60 different beers? Doubtful. From New Holland Brewing’s potent and legendary Dragons Milk stout to the highly-regarded Shake Chocolate Porter from Boulder Beer Company and all things fancy in between, choosy beer lovers are sure to find something to their liking.

Not a fan of all that highfalutin beer jazz? Domestic beers and wines will also be available at the festival.

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Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House will be among the many breweries represented at Saturday’s festival in Waynesville. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
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Summer seems like it was created for grilling and smoking succulent meats, and it seems like we all know someone who calls themselves a pit master. 

Why not load all your BBQ experts in the car to give these masters a try? Five vendors from around the region will have their smokers going full bore with pork and beef using cherry, apple, oak and hickory to bring out the best flavors in the meat. Prices for the sandwiches generally range from $7 to $10.

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Six rock bands of various styles and backgrounds will play throughout the day, but how often can you say you’ve seen the best Bon Jovi tribute band from CanadaCrush bombastically bills itself as the ultimate Bon Jovi tribute band of the Great White North. When pressed with either spending $200 a ticket to see the real thing hundreds of miles away, or Canada’s best version thereof in Waynesville for $5 with beer and BBQ, this festival seems like the clear winner. 

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Crush, a Bon Jovi tribute band out of Canada, will headline the Buckeye Craft Beer and BBQ Festival at the Renaissance Grounds on Saturday, July 22. CONTRIBUTED
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