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Barbecue Champs Recognized at Downtown Festival
Springfield's downtown Blues & BBQ festival ended Saturday night. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Blues & BBQ taking over Springfield.
Vendors kept all kinds of barbecue on the grill, live bands kept the crowd entertained, and, of course, the food couldn't be beat.
Festival planners said the event has a big impact on Springfield.
"The bigger draw you can have, the more exposure downtown has in general," Downtown Springfield Inc. event planner Ann Frescura said. "We're just pleased that any time someone has found something adventurous, they come down, hopefully they will stay the night, and then visit some of the other historic sites and make a weekend of it."
The fest didn't end without crowning some barbecue champs. Some of the local winners include Slab Your Mama Bar-B-Que, Smoke Bros. BBQ, and Four Score and Seven Ribs Ago BBQ.