New Albany Main Street is bringing two fun, competitive events to Freedom Fest weekend. On Saturday, June 29, during the first annual Blackberry Jubilee, there will be Smoke on the Water grill competition and an ACL (American Cornhole League) regional tournament.

   Smoke on the Water is open to anyone who enjoys grilling. Main Street wants at least five teams for some good old-fashioned competition. Meats judged in the 2019 Smoke on the Water are Beef, Poultry, and Pork. Grill teams can set up and begin cooking on Friday night during the Cruisin’ in New Albany Car Show, and judging of all meat begins promptly on Saturday at 2 p.m. Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony at 3 p.m. Email Main Street staff member Tracy Vainisi at for information and an application. 

   The regional ACL regional tournament events are BYOP (bring your own partner), advanced singles, social singles, and blind draw cornhole tournaments. Anyone is welcome to join in and play. For more information on sign up, go to North Mississippi Cornhole at or e-mail Tracy Vainisi at and she will get you in touch with the group. 

   During these events, Blackberry Jubilee will have vendors, carnival rides for the kids, live music, homemade ice cream, farm displays, and some good old fashioned fun. If you are a maker and would like to set up a booth there are a few spaces left. Email Tracy Vainisi at and she’ll get you a spot. 

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