Bob Herndon, president of the Atlanta BBQ Club, has organized the first annual Atlanta BBQ Festival to be held at Turner Field on September 12, 2009. The festival will include a professional BBQ cookoff, a open, backyard BBQ cookoff, live music, and BBQ vendors (including Five Star BBQ). For the BBQgeek, the ATL BBQ festival is a great step forward in establishing Atlanta as a viable stop on the competition circuit. In the past, the best you could hope for in Atlanta was a chili cookoff to be held at Stone Mountain or on a military airstrip. We in Atlanta are definitely moving in the right direction with this event. I strongly urge you to come out and support Bob's efforts to put Atlanta on the map.