Tryon approves new BBQ festival contract

Published 6:29 pm Thursday, April 19, 2012

Festival-goers line up for food from one of the vendors at last year’s Blue Ridge BBQ and Music Festival. This year’s event will be held June 8-9 at Harmon Field in Tryon. (photo by Leah Justice)

Contract includes tiered admission payments to town
The Town of Tryon, Harmon Field Board of Supervisors and the Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce have all agreed on a new contract for the Blue Ridge Barbecue Festival.
The three-year contract includes a tiered payment system to Harmon Field based on admissions. The Town of Tryon owns Harmon Field.
For the first 6,000 daily admission tickets sold, the chamber will pay the Harmon Field Board of Supervisors 25 cents per ticket; for daily admission tickets between 6,000 and 11,999 the chamber will pay Harmon Field 50 cents per ticket and for 12,000 daily admission tickets and above, the chamber will pay Harmon Field 75 cents per ticket, according to the new contract.
Tryon Town Council met Tuesday, April 17 and approved the contract by a vote of 3-1, with councilman Doug Arbogast voting against the contract. The Harmon Field Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the contract during its April 2 meeting.
Arbogast has suggested making the contract a one-year agreement, because of a new provision that states the contract will be reviewed every year, although there are no provisions in the contract that allow the town to change the contract within the three-year period.

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