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Thousands turned out Saturday for the seventh annual Racks by the Tracks in downtown Kingsport.
The craft beer tasting event is a feature fans have come to wait for all year. The tasting allowed attendees to sample more than 40 rare and favorite craft beers from around the world, including gluten-free beers and ciders.
The festival searched high and low to find great, hard-to-get beers again this year, organizer James Phillips said.
The BBQ Cook-Off Competition gave attendees an opportunity to taste some great barbecue from restaurants and teams from across the region — and then cast their vote in four different "Peoples' Choice" award categories. Non-barbecue food vendors also were on hand.
A special play section was dedicated to fun for children, including large inflatables, face painting, and other activities.
The festival, sponsored by Food City, Pepsi, WQUT, Nash FM 104.9, WXSM, Libation Station, Dermatology Associates, Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union, Sapporo Beer, Leaping Lizards, KCVB, Biggie's, Barberitos of Kingsport and VIP Seen, has generated more than $30,000 for nonprofits.
This year's proceeds will benefit several such organizations, including the Sullivan County Humane Society, Relay for Life, Skin Cancer Foundation, Keep Kingsport Beautiful, Downtown Kingsport Association and Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.