By Sue Moore
The Vicksburg Lions Club held its 45th Annual Summer Festival, the “B&B,” on July 26-28. Due to absolutely perfect summer weather, record participation in the Club’s cornhole and horseshoe tournaments were well attended. The nightly concerts meant the Club had its most successful festival in many years according to Brett Grossman, one of the event’s organizers.
Ray Miller and Mike Boyd bested 98 other cornhole players to win the double-elimination tournament on Friday night. This is the second year in a row that Miller has won the tournament. The horseshoe tournament took place on Saturday afternoon, had 84 participants and lasted over seven hours. For the second year in a row, Bob Gettys and Bryan Wolthuis came from behind and are now back-to-back champions, Grossman said.
The festival had three nights of well-received live music including the Dan Castle Band, Backroads Band and DC-90. There is no doubt the large following of each band led to increased beer and bratwurst sales throughout the weekend, according to Doug Stafinski, chairman of the event.
The Club had lots of local businesses as sponsors this year, making it even more successful, Grossman pointed out. These businesses and the support of the local community continue to make the B&B Vicksburg’s most anticipated annual “family reunion”, Stafinski said.