By Paul T. Choate
May 7, 2012. Wahoo’s Adventures owner Jeff Stanley will host the third annual Blues, Brews, BBQ and Canoes event on Thursday, May 10, from noon to 6 p.m., at the Wahoo’s Outpost on the New River, located in Todd.
Each year, Stanley hosts front-line tourism employees for a day of music, food, brews and networking on the New River. This year, he said he expects to have the biggest turnout ever. He anticipates well over 1,000 attendees and said that three times more people have preregistered than at this time last year.
The event is in honor of National Tourism Week. Area businesses will have the opportunity to set up booths and provide more information about their organizations. Stanley said last year, 91 business attended and he is hoping for over 100 this year.
“We need to show them how much they’re appreciated,” said Stanley. “It’s an great opportunity for everyone to network with everyone else in a very relaxed environment with a cold one in their hands.”
Barbecue will be provided by local cook “Big Mo from Aho.” Stanley said other restaurants are expected to provide food as well. Kegs of beer are being provided by Peabody’s Wine and Beer Merchants, as well as other local businesses. Stanley added that Wahoo’s Canoes will be providing “mega-kegs” of beer. Some area wineries are also expected to be on hand.
There will be live music from southern blues rock band Yellow Grass, followed by a performance by internationally renowned country music star Steve Virginia. Stanley said Virginia may be performing a song from his new album live for the first time ever.
The Wahoo’s Outpost has recently added a brand new facility, which they will be showing off at this year’s event. Stanley said they have also opened over 1,000 feet of river property for camping at the Outpost now. He also said they will be adding hiking and biking trails in the future.
All food, beer and wine are free at the event. Reserving space for setting up booths is also free. The “price” of admission is bringing a recent pay stub from your place of employment.
To get to the Outpost, from New Market Centre in Boone, go approximately five miles out Highway 194, then turn right onto Big Hill Road for another three miles.
For more information or to reserve space for a booth for your business, contact Stanley at 828-262-5774.