The festival began originally as a means for the museum to raise money to keep their historical properties open and running. Live music has been a signature part of it every year so far, and this year the headliner will be Crush, a Bon Jovi tribute band out of Canada.
“Lebanon already has a blues and a country festival, so we decided to be the rock festival,” Van Harlingen said. “We wanted a band that had a broad appeal, not too young, not too old, but one that runs the gamut.”
As far as food, the emphasis is BBQ, represented by regional establishments such as Dickey’s Barbecue Pit and Double D’s BBQ.
“For me, the fun part is the wood-fired smokers and the different kind of woods they use,” Van Harlingen said. “There’s hickory, cherry, apple, oak. You can go through and taste all these different, smoked meats.”
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How to go
What: Buckeye Craft Beer & BBQ Festival
Where: Renaissance Park, 10542 E. Ohio 73, Waynesville
When: Noon-11 p.m. Saturday, July 22
Cost: $5 admission
More info: 513-932-1817 or www.wchsmuseum.org