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Vendors, sponsors lining up for Bikes and BBQ Festival in Alton

ALTON – The Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater will host its first Bikes & BBQ Festival on June 24 from 1 to 6 p.m.

bikesandbbqlogoThe event is presented by FM News Talk 97.1 and Sauce Magazine. Radio host Dave Glover will be on hand with dozens of motorcycles on display including exotic and custom bikes. The event will feature American classic motorcycles such as Harley-Davidson and Indian as well as imports like BMW, Honda and Triumph.

“Many of the region’s best barbecue vendors will be on hand, including Pappy’s Smokehouse, Boggarts, Southtown Pub and Capitalist Pig” said Robert Stephan, Amphitheater Commission chairman.

“We are pleased to be able to add another event to the Amphitheater calendar that will bring people from throughout the region to Alton” said Alton Mayor Brant Walker. Live music will play throughout from local rockers Joe Dirt and the Dirty Boyz Band.

Local barbecue vendors who are interested in participating should contact Amy Hyde at Sauce Magazine at (314) 772-8004 ext. 102 or

Admission is free. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. VIP tickets include two beverage tickets and reserved parking for $25 and are available through, Metrotix, Argosy Casino, The Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Fox Theatre (St. Louis), or charge by phone at (314) 534-1111. .

Support for the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater comes from Liberty Bank, the city of Alton, Simmons Hanley Conroy, Coors Light-Fritz Distributing, Argosy Casino, Clark Properties Alton Center Business Park, Dr. Pepper 7UP, CNB Bank and Trust, American Family Insurance Gerard Fischer, Allied Waste, Illinois American Water, Roberts Ford, Nautilus Fitness Center, Coleman Country Campers, St. Peter’s Hardware, The Telegraph, Atlantis Pools, Grandpa Gang, Landmark Realty Matt Horn, Quality Pontiac, BJC Healthcare, 1st MidAmerica, Dave Mungenast, WBGZ-1570AM/94.3FM, The Bank of Edwardsville, Arrow Signs and Outdoor Advertising, Ardent Mills, Phillips 66, OSF Saint Anthony’s and Ameren Illinois.

About the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater

The Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater is a 4,000-capacity venue located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Alton, IL’s Riverfront Park. It is owned by The city of Alton, administered by the Alton Amphitheater Commission, operated by the Alton Convention and Visitors Bureau and maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department. Visit for full details.

— From the Illinois Business Journal

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