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First Pizza Fest set for Saturday across from MU stadium

May. 11, 2010 @ 03:33 PM

HUNTINGTON — Here in West Virginia, we’ve already got food festivals celebrating chili, hot dogs, ribs, ramps and even roadkill.

So, why not a pizza fest?

You can get your fun by the slice from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 15, as the first annual Tri-State Pizza Festival takes place on 20th Street (between Third and Fifth avenues) and across from the Joan C. Edwards Football Stadium at Marshall University.

Come out and sample pie slices from the region’s best pizza makers, as well as a slew of entertainment appetizers that include live music on two stages, a family fun area with outdoor bowling, inflatables, balloon animals, kid and adult Zumba, as well as a Cruising With Car Stuff, car, motorcycle and boat show.

That show will have trophies awarded to first and second place winners, and will also include a sound system contest.

VIP tickets for the Main Event Tent at the Tri-State Pizza Festival are now available. The VIP section is located at the main concert stage with food and beverages (provided by Blackhawk Grille & Rocco’s). Cost for VIP is $75 per ticket or $100 per couple.

All proceeds benefit the Bartrum and Brown charities, the local charity group set up by former Marshall football teammates and NFL stars, Mike Bartrum and Troy Brown. Since it’s inception, the two players’ foundation has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars that has been poured back into non-profit groups in Huntington where Brown resides and in the Pomeroy, Ohio, area where Bartrum lives.

Groups have ranged from Habitat for Humanity and the A.D. Lewis Community Center,to the  Meigs Local Enrichment Foundation, Syracuse Fire Departments "I Believe Foundation", Foothill Music Foundation, Meigs County Agricultural Society, Angela Easom Memorial Park, and other charities in the Tri-State.

Bartrum and Brown are celebrating their 10th anniversary. Other B&B events this weekend include a charity auction at 6 p.m. Friday, May 14 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena conference center. Call Mary Gannon at 304-697-5640.

At 8 a.m. Saturday, May 15, it’s the Bartrum and Brown 5K race that starts at the Arena. There’s a registration fee of $25. Go online at www.tristateracer.com.

And the annual football camp runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (grades  1 to 4) and 1 to 3 p.m. (grades  5 to 8) Saturday at the stadium.

Go online at www.bartrumandbrown.com.

 Read more bout the first pizza fest as well as the other Bartrum and Brown weekend festivities in Thursday’s Herald-Dispatch, and check back daily for coverage of the events.