From a wing tasting contest to a Corn Hole tournament to a Battle of the Bands — and of course barbecue — event organizers hope Rome residents will come out for a weekend of fun in the sun.
The event kicks off Friday, May 13 with a concert featuring AIA Jimmy Buffet cover band, Jimmy Buffett’s official cover band. Then the King of the Wings contest offers visitors free wing samples to get their votes.
A “Dude Looks Like a Lady” reverse beauty pageant completes the evening. Some of the city’s male public officials will strut their stuff in skirts and heels for this entertaining event.
On Saturday, May 14, the day begins with a Miss Bar-B-Quetie contest followed by a barbecue tasting where guests can vote in the “People’s Choice” category as teams compete to see who can cook up the best barbecue in town.
The Armuchee Ruritan Club returns to the festival with its car show, showcasing a wide range of cars, trucks and motorcycles.
There will be free children’s activities throughout the day including a Kidz Zone with inflatables and face painting.
Visitors can compete in a Corn Hole tournament. Registration pens at 9 a.m. on site. The entry fee is $20 per team of two players. The tournament is open to juniors ages 10-15 and adults ages 16 and up.
Perhaps the highlight of the day’s events will be the much anticipated Battle of the Bands competition. Local and regional bands have competed for fan votes leading up to the event. Four local bands will be in Saturday’s final. They are Mr. Synyster, PerFekt Peace, Young Guns (a group of teens from Chattanooga) and Bent in Bama. The audience will vote for their favorite band. The winning band will open for KISS Army during their May 21 concert at the DeSoto Theatre.
The Roman Roast on the River festival takes place at Ridge Ferry Park Friday and Saturday.
Gates open at 5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday. Admission is $5 per person. Kids seven and under enter free.