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Spring Out to Sunset Fest on Saturday, May 18 with BBQ contest, blues concert

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The Porter County Parks and Recreation Department will host its annual Spring Out to Sunset Festival from 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Sunset Hill Farm County Park.

This family-friendly event will feature games, bounce houses, archery, guided hikes, food vendors, and wagon rides. There will also be a beer garden for adults. Entry is only $5 per car.

New to the Spring Out festival this year will be a registered Kansas City Barbecue Society competition. Teams from around the Midwest will compete for cash prizes totaling $5,000. Awards for the competition will be given at 3:30 p.m. “The addition of the BBQ competition this year is going to be a lot of fun,” event coordinator Madison Binkowski said. “We’re looking forward to welcoming teams to Sunset Hill who have never been to the park, or maybe even to Northwest Indiana.”

Also adding to the excitement of the day will be a blues concert immediately following the festival at 4 p.m., with Mojo Morganfield, son of legendary blues musician Muddy Waters, headlining and locals James Gedda and Jack Whittle playing as well. The concert is $10 per person, kids 12 and under are free. Beer and pretzels will be available during the concert, and wagon rides will transport concertgoers to and from the outdoor amphitheater.

Payment for the festival entrance from 12 to 4 p.m. is cash at the door. Concert tickets will be available at the door, but are also available in advance online. More information about the festival and concert can be found at or by calling the parks department at (219) 465-3586.


Posted 5/7/2019




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