Festival on the Rocks growing from GM&M

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

It would appear that one festival in Lewisburg has spawned another.

Continued growth of the Goats Music & More Festival in October, including the Lewisburg Rotary Club's Barbecue Contest in the last four years, revealed there's only so much space at Rock Creek Park.

As a result, Rotarians are hosting their Festival on the Rocks on the first weekend in June - Friday and Saturday - June 3-4, Rotary Club President Larry Lance has announced.

However, the barbecue is just a part of the festival.

"We already have a good selection of vendors, a car show, a 5K run/walk, Corn Hole tournament, Kids Zone and, of course, the barbecue... sponsored by Prichard's," Rotarian Peggy Hubbard said.

"Our Festival on the Rocks is shaping up to be a wonderful event with Joey + Rory performing on Friday night," Hubbard said of the June 3 performance of the husband and wife duo from nearby Pottsville where the family restaurant Marcy Jo's Meal House & Bakery on Franklin Pike has become a recognized music venue.

"Our goal is to raise as much money as we can so we can give back to our community," Hubbard said. "Thus, many of the organizations who benefit from our contributions are helping with the Festival.

"For example, the Marshall County Imagination Library Board is working with our Yard Sale area," she said. "This area will be behind the Gas Department."

Participants may set up very early and thereby avoid parking issues, she said.

"It's a way for local folks to sell items at the festival," Hubbard said.

The barbecue contest started four years ago during the Goats Music & More Festival.

But the space available during GM&M has been consumed, so the two have split.

"Early last year the Goats Music & More Festival committee asked the Rotary Club if we would move our barbecue contest to another date since the Goats Music & More Festival had continued to grow and expand and they saw a need for additional room and needed the area the Rotary ... occupied for our barbecue contest," Lance said.

The GoatFest committee permitted the barbecue to be at the festival one more year -- last fall -- since the Rotary Club had already advertised the barbecue would be in October, the club president said.

"Moving our barbecue contest was not a problem with the Rotary Club," Lance said. "It actually helped and allowed us to expand our event which Rotary hopes to will, in turn, allows us to increase our fundraising efforts so we can give even more money back to Marshall County."