BBQ Blues & Brews festival returns to Austell’s Threadmill Complex for second year

The entrance to the Threadmill Complex, a large brick converted factory building

The City of Austell announced the return for a second year of its BBQ Blues & Brews festival.

The event will take place at the Threadmill Complex, at 5000 Austell Powder Springs Rd Austell, GA 30106, on Saturday, October 7, 2023 from noon until 10 p.m.

According to the press release for the event, “Family-friendly activities will be available all day, with college football on TV displays, a Cornhole tournament sponsored by Cornhole ATL, and a BBQ competition with a $1500 grand prize.”

The festival will include live performances by The Danny Miller Band, Cannonball Red & The Headhunters, J Hop, Garrett Collins, and a headline performance from Grammy-nominated Jontavious Willis. 

Application for sponsorship and vendors are open now.

Sponsorships and proceeds will go towards community programming for local youth and their families. 

The press release states, “As the Austell community grows, events like the Blues & Brews invite residents and their neighbors to join in fellowship and build relationships.”

About the City of Austell

The smallest city in Cobb County with a population of just under 8,000, the City of Austell was incorporated on September 4, 1885.

The original city limits of the town were a circle with a radius of one-half mile from a railway terminal used by the Georgia Pacific Railway Company and the East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railroad Company.

The U.S. Census Bureau provides the following quick  facts about the city:

Population Estimates, July 1, 2022, (V2022)7,896
Population Estimates, July 1, 2022, (V2022)7,896
Population estimates base, April 1, 2020, (V2022)7,710
Population, percent change – April 1, 2020 (estimates base) to July 1, 2022, (V2022)2.4%
Population, Census, April 1, 20207,713
Population, Census, April 1, 20106,581
Age and Sex
Persons under 5 years, percent4.6%
Persons under 18 years, percent28.9%
Persons 65 years and over, percent8.2%
Female persons, percent52.4%
Race and Hispanic Origin
White alone, percent29.9%
Black or African American alone, percent(a)61.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)0.0%
Asian alone, percent(a)0.0%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)0.0%
Two or More Races, percent6.0%
Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)8.0%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent25.1%
Population Characteristics
Veterans, 2017-2021385
Foreign born persons, percent, 2017-20214.6%
Housing units, July 1, 2022, (V2022)X
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2017-202160.0%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2017-2021$156,000
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2017-2021$1,268
Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2017-2021$317
Median gross rent, 2017-2021$1,258
Building permits, 2022X
Families & Living Arrangements
Households, 2017-20212,802
Persons per household, 2017-20212.92
Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2017-202193.4%
Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2017-202110.7%
Computer and Internet Use
Households with a computer, percent, 2017-202196.6%
Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent, 2017-202193.0%
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2017-202187.8%
Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2017-202121.8%
With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2017-20216.5%
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent20.5%
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2017-202173.0%
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2017-202170.6%
Total accommodation and food services sales, 2017 ($1,000)(c)D
Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2017 ($1,000)(c)524,040
Total transportation and warehousing receipts/revenue, 2017 ($1,000)(c)29,462
Total retail sales, 2017 ($1,000)(c)D
Total retail sales per capita, 2017(c)NA
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2017-202129.2
Income & Poverty
Median household income (in 2021 dollars), 2017-2021$59,459
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2021 dollars), 2017-2021$24,230
Persons in poverty, percent5.1%
Total employer establishments, 2021X
Total employment, 2021X
Total annual payroll, 2021 ($1,000)X
Total employment, percent change, 2020-2021X
Total nonemployer establishments, 2019X
All employer firms, Reference year 2017219
Men-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017104
Women-owned employer firms, Reference year 201764
Minority-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017S
Nonminority-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017101
Veteran-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017S
Nonveteran-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017172
Population per square mile, 20201,299.8
Population per square mile, 20101,102.5
Land area in square miles, 20205.93
Land area in square miles, 20105.97
FIPS Code1304252