Chicken wings and banjo strings take the stage at Blythewood park
An afternoon downpour didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of an estimated 800 bluegrass music fans and chicken wing aficionados who flocked to Doko Meadows Park in Blythewood Saturday for the third Annual Doko Fest.
Attendees enjoyed performances by Savannah River Grass, Salt and Light and Snyder Family Band, as well as 2012 national hammer dulcimer champion Matthew Dickerson. In between foot-stomping sets, they enjoyed treats from Doko Smoke Barbeque and Sweet Pea’s Ice Cream Parlor, browsed a selection of arts and crafts offered by local artisans, and visited booths featuring local businesses.
New to festival this year was a chicken wing cookoff featuring local and regional competitive cooking teams vying for more than $1,000 in prize money. The judges named Doko Smoke the chicken wing champion, followed by Back Alley BBQ and Wingin’ It, who also won the People’s Choice honors. Also firing up cookers were American Proud BBQ, A Wing & A Prayer, Blue Collar Cafe and Le’Joyce Enterprises.
The event raised approximately $2,500 for the Blythewood Lions Club, according to member Cecil Mosely, who helped organize the event and also serves as the town’s public works director. The Lions will use the funds to help pay for eyeglasses, eye surgeries and hearing aids for needy people.