Going ale out: Downtown Throwdown features ‘barbecue, beats and booze’
PARKERSBURG — Attendees near and far flocked to Bicentennial Park Saturday evening for barbecue, beats and booze.
Downtown Throwdown returned for another year with eight food vendors, three beer distributors and live music. It was organized by Downtown Parkersburg and the Parkersburg Jaycees. Downtown Parkersburg Events and Marketing Manager Jessica Strickler was at the gate, handing out bracelets for attendees who purchased alcohol. She said she anticipated a good turnout due to the nice weather.
“We don’t typically sell a lot of tickets ahead of time. A lot of people will wait and see what the weather is like. But it’s sunny now,” she said
Cincinnati native Dennis Simpson became aware of the Throwdown after attending Paddlefest in Point Park in 2016.
“We go to Paddlefest and have this in the evening. It’s fun to attend,” he said.
Simpson said the reason he keeps returning to Parkersburg every year is the people.
“I’ve done a lot of kayaking and people are a lot friendlier on this side of the river,” he said. “In Cincinnati, people like to show off. Here, it’s much more laid back.”
At the main stage, guests were first serenaded by 19-year-old Parkersburg native Moon King from 6 to 6:45 p.m. He was accompanied by Rich Wilson on harmonica and Brayden Roux on mandolin. From 7 p.m. to close, country act Jake Binegar Band performed. Their first song was called Love on Fire.
The eight food vendors in attendance were D’Paulo’s Pizzeria, Hangry’s Food Truck & Catering, JP Henry’s, Pappy’s Lip Smackin’ BBQ, Parkersburg Brewing Company, The Blennerhassett Restaurant & Lounge, The Cocktail Bar, and The Little Stirr. They served everything from barbecue to cupcakes to pizza.
Mountain State, Capitol, and Spriggs distributors served both domestic and craft beers to customers.