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Crossborder Blues, Brews and Que tunes up for high-spirited weekend in Wilson

WILSON – The fifth annual Crossborder Blues, Brews and Que, celebrating fathers while contributing to community projects, is planned for noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. next Sunday.

The event will be held at Woodcock Brothers Brewing Co., 638 Lake St.

This event has raised funds for 22 local youth and recreation programs, including the Wilson Dog Park and the ongoing creation of a Maritime Heritage Trail. Last year, this Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned competition helped bring nearly 6,500 visitors to the community, filling restaurants and shops.

This year, the event will attract more than 50 barbecue teams, while offering 30 microbrews from locals such as Woodcock Brothers, Flying Bison, Resurgence, Community Beer Works and Big Ditch Brewing, as well as Niagara wines from Midnight Run and Schulze wineries.

Beginning at noon Saturday, the Western New York Blues Society’s original blues showcase will feature In the Pocket, Blues Growlers, Chicago Blues Project and national blues recording artist Tas Cru. The Nighthawks take the stage from 6 to 9 p.m.

Beginning at noon Sunday, the Western New York Blues Society’s “Blues in Schools Youth Showcase” will feature young musicians from the region participating in a blues jam session moderated by Cru. Look for “Boogie Woogie Boy” Michael Czubaj from Cleveland on keyboards, guitarist Jon Dretto from Batavia, Buffalo guitarist Hayden Fogle, and Lockport drummer Joey Porth.

Taking the stage at 5 p.m. will be Tommy Z, the 2014 Crossborder original blues winner.

Vendors will offer a variety of fare, the First Niagara Hops & Pops kids’ area will provide something for every age, and Blues, Brews & Que School professionals will give tips.

Admission is $10 on Saturday and includes the Nighthawks concert, while admission is $5 on Sunday. Children younger than 12 are free both days. For information, visit