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Southern rock band headlines Riverfest

By Paul Huggins 340-2395

Ten bands led by Drivin' n' Cryin' will give Riverfest patrons a steady beat to help them chomp down on championship barbecue when the 13th annual event rolls around in less than two weeks.

The two-day festival is Sept. 21 and 22, and returns to Ingalls Harbor where it moved last year after the loyal fans of the live music, hickory-flavored food and children's activities grew beyond what Rhodes Ferry Park could handle.

More than 70 barbecue teams are expected to compete for $20,000 in prizes. At least a half-dozen teams will participate as vendors, selling meals of chicken, brisket and ribs.

The first night's entertainment will consist of local artist Dusty French, who will play at 5 p.m.

One of Huntsville's premiere party bands, Juice, will perform at 6:15. The Dave Matthews Tribute Band from Athens, Ga., will take the stage at 7:45. And Cowboy Mouth will bring New Orleans rock 'n' roll as Friday's headline act, beginning at 9:45.

The live music continues the next day starting at 1 p.m., with Nashville-based singer/songwriter Austin Cunningham. He's followed at 2:30, by local favorite Jeff Whitlow and The Old Barn Band.

The southern bluegrass band Rollin' in the Hay will play at 4, followed by Tuscaloosa's King Kotton at 6. The Paul Thorn Band, led by comedian/entertainer Paul Thorn, will perform at 7:45. And southern rock legend Drivin' n' Cryin' will serve as the headline act for Riverfest 2007, with a 9:30 show.

Organized by the Decatur Jaycees and presented by Valley Budweiser Inc., Riverfest is recognized as the Alabama State Barbecue Championship. It's sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.

Since its inception 1994, the Jaycees have allocated more than $100,000 to charitable organizations from Riverfest proceeds.

Admission is $3 per person during the day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. After 4 p.m., admission is $10 per adult and $5 per child. Weekend armbands are also available for $15.

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