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Fluvanna Beer & BBQ Festival Leads to Economic Growth

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Fifty-two non-food vendors, 14 craft breweries and 13 food vendors were at the festival. Fifty-two non-food vendors, 14 craft breweries and 13 food vendors were at the festival.

Fluvanna County is brewing new business at a barbecue and beer festival at Pleasant Grove.

Thousands of people flooded to Pleasant Grove Saturday to hear live music and eat lots of barbecue. But the party could also lead to economic growth for Fluvanna County.

"A lot of the businesses that are here today - they're small businesses and they're making contacts," said Scott Valentine, the board chair of Fluvanna's Chamber of Commerce.

Fifty-two non-food vendors, 14 craft breweries and 13 food vendors peddled their wares at the second annual BBQ, Bands and Brews sponsored by Fluvanna County's Chamber of Commerce.

Mike Chenail has been in the sign industry for more than 30 years. But he didn't take his trade full-time until last year's BBQ, Bands and Brews.

"I was toying with getting back into it full time, it's something that I always enjoyed, I love design work," Chenail said.

Chenail says the event was the catalyst for turning his home business into a full-time shop at Zion Crossroads - Graphic Garage.

"This was a perfect opportunity to get my name out in the community and I had a really good turnout," he said.

This year, Chenail is back - hoping to meet new contacts in the community and bring in new business.   "In the sign business often times it's word of mouth," he said.

The board chair of the Fluvanna County Chamber of Commerce says this day of fun and meeting and greeting promises the same potential growth for other county businesses.

"Our local businesses are getting that - those connections, people coming in and them being able to do work after the event so hopefully they'll be able to make a lot of contacts along those lines," Valentine said.

The Fluvanna County Chamber of Commerce is hosting another big event this fall. The third annual Wine Festival is September 28 at Pleasant Grove.

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