This year's BBQ & Barrels Festival in downtown Owensboro is just about a week and a half away and the excitement is really going to start cooking up this morning. At 8am, Wednesday, May 1st, tickets for the first-ever BBQ & Barrels 50/50 Half Pot Raffle will go on sale to the public. That raffle is one of two new highlights added to this year's event.

Earlier this year, in anticipation of the festival, the City of Owensboro teamed up with the Owensboro Convention Center to announce a very special concert. To celebrate the 10th anniversary season of the Owensboro Convention Center, the center and the city rolled out some fun concert news.

Country music star Chris Janson is headlining a FREE concert on the front lawn of the Owensboro Convention Center on Saturday night, May 11th.

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In fact, you have the chance to win meet and greet passes for that show!

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There's no doubt that the Chris Janson concert is going to be the perfect way to wrap up the 2024 BBQ & Barrels. There's also no doubt that the 50/50 half pot raffle is the perfect way to kick it off. Inspired by the wild success and popularity of a similar raffle at the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival in Evansville, Owensboro's BBQ & Barrels is getting in on that action.

City of Owensboro Special Events Director Tim Ross says tickets are on sale today online at Plus, during BBQ & Barrels, those tickets will be available for purchase on site. There will multiple ticket booths at the festival May 10th and 11th. There will also be digital screens showcasing the rolling jackpot total.


3 tickets for $10

20 tickets for $20

60 tickets for $40

180 tickets for $100

**All online ticket sales MUST originate in Kentucky. However, you do not have to be a Kentucky resident to purchase raffle tickets on site at BBQ & Barrels.

Tickets sales will end at 7:30pm CDT on Saturday, May 11th. The winning number will ultimately be announced on stage right before Chris Janson takes the stage.

Smokin' Good Time! Over 100 Photos Show Tons of Fun at BBQ Festival

It was smokin' in Downtown Owensboro this weekend for BBQ & Barrels. The event featured delicious food, continuous live music, and a carnival for the kids, with beautiful views of the Ohio River. Let's take a look back at a fun weekend.

Gallery Credit: Barb Birgy