Get ready to enjoy good food, music and more during spring break at Beulahfest.
The event is March 15 and 16 and ticket prices are $10 for a general admission one-day pass.
Once known as the Beulah Sausage Festival, the event features country bands and musicians, both local and national. One year, a 15-year-old, Taylor Swift performed at the festival. Some of the other big names in the country music industry that have played at the festival, include Charlie Daniels and Joe Diffie.
The festival began in 1985, a project of the Volunteer Fire Department of Escambia County, to show appreciation to the communities that supported the department with donations over the years.
“This year we have five national entertainers and four locals,” said Yancy McNair, the Beulahfest chairman, in an email.
The lineup for this year is: Crosstown Band, Shenandoah, Randy Houser for Friday and Branded X, Confederate Railroad, Brooke Woods, John Anderson, The Dusty Sanderson Band and The Kentucky Headhunters on Saturday.
In 2007, the festival changed venues from the property of Jim and Joyce Whaley to the Escambia County Equestrian Center. With the event getting bigger every year, McNair said the change was great.
“As much we loved the old place across from the fire station, the area just could not support the amount of people coming to the festival,” McNair said. “The biggest issue was parking.”
McNair said people would have to park far away and walk to the festival grounds.
Also because of the new venue, even in the case of rain, the festival will go on as normal.
Attendees can purchase souvenirs from crafters and vendors at Beulahfest, and these vendors vary from year-to-year. The festival also has rides such as rollercoasters and a mechanical bull. In addition, there will be a few new food vendors this year.
McNair said Cajun Specialty Meats will be a new food vendor this year, bringing their style of foods to the festival as well, such as crawfish.
“Cajun and Italian sausage from local meat supplier Thompson’s Meats is always the highlight of the event,” McNair said. “As with most festivals, there will be funnel cake, boiled peanuts, hamburgers and hotdogs.”
Most of the vendors take cash only, but an ATM will be available inside the building.
There are a lot of organizations that help with the festival: Beulah Freewill Baptist Church, Boy Scouts, Beulah Academy of Science, Future Farmers of America, Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital and many others. The goal of the festival is to raise money for charities, people in need and firefighter training and recruitment.