Debating whether or not you should check out Huntsville’s annual WhistleStop Bar-B-Que Weekend at the Huntsville Historic Depot? Let’s take an in-depth look at just some of the many reasons why you should add this festival to your to-do list:
Are you still reading? Honestly, I would assume the only reason you’d even start reading a post on whether to check out WhistleStop was because you’d never heard of it, but, even then, only the most skeptical would even make it past the name – “WhistleStop Bar-B-Que Weekend.” Kind of says it all, doesn’t it? And, in case you missed it, note the nuance of the name – this is not some sort of wannabe Yankee event with “barbecue,” nor something offering mere half-hearted “BBQ.” No, sir, this is a proper Bar-B-Que Weekend.
Let’s say, hypothetically, that you weren’t convinced two paragraphs ago, and you’re still reading at this point. Since you’re demanding the hard sale, let’s dig into this further.
The first thing you’ll notice even before you enter the Depot for WhistleStop is the smell. The atmosphere is saturated with the unmistakable and unmatched odor of various types of smoking meat, and this is the good stuff – five different competitions will take place over the weekend. Come at the right time, and you get to help judge bar-b-que or wings.
WhistleStop may have started with meat, but with each passing year it’s increasingly coming into its own as a music festival with headlining acts Sister Hazel and Kansas, along with a great roster of area artists.
And if that’s still not enough, there’s a Corn Hole Championship with cash prizes, a Kids Zone, food vendors, a great gift shop and more. Plus, there’s the fact that it’s for a good cause, supporting the EarlyWorks Children’s Museum and educational programs. There’s no better feeling than enjoying a big mouthful of bar-b-cue while awesome music plays, and knowing that you’re doing it all for the kids.
The 2015 WhistleStop Bar-B-Que Weekend will be held May 1-2.
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David Hitt is a native of Huntsville who enjoys telling the stories of his hometown. He works in strategic communications for NASA’s Space Launch System, the rocket that will send astronauts to Mars and prove once again that nobody builds ‘em like the Rocket City. David tells Huntsville history stories at the Huntsville Ghost Walk, Constitution Village’s downtown trolley tour, and the Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll. He’s the author of two books on space history, “Homesteading Space” and “Bold They Rise” and is the director of the Comic Science Improv comedy troupe.