The new BBQ and Barrels festival in Owensboro was met with mixed reviews from Facebook followers.
Some attendees expressed disappointment at the lack of vendors and entertainment, as well as the festival being too spread out. Others felt that the event had improved over the years and enjoyed some of the musical performances.
The addition of bourbon to the event was criticized, as some felt it distracted from the original focus of the festival, which was food. There were also complaints that the festival was becoming too focused on alcohol and not family-friendly enough. Several Facebook users stated that the festival had declined in recent years, with minimal arts and crafts vendors and poor organization.
Despite the criticisms, some attendees still enjoyed the festival and appreciated the focus on barbecue.
The festival was also noted for being less crowded than previous years, leading some to speculate that the festival’s popularity may be waning.