Downtown Huntsville Ready for WhistleStop 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s annual event that will benefit your appetite as well as a good cause.

WhistleStop 2014 starts today at the Huntsville Depot.

It’s a celebration of barbecue that also features live music and plenty of other events.

More than 130 cook teams are registered to participate.

The event also includes wing and barbecue tasting contests, plus a cornhole tournament and kids zone.

A new craft beer pit will be at this year’s festivities in addition to the barbecue.

Proceeds from this festival will benefit the EarlyWorks Family of Museums.

“This is one of our two big fundraisers for the year,” said EarlyWorks Board Member Jack Conway.

“We have this and we have Santa’s Village every year,” said Conway.

People taking part in WhistleStop say it’s also a great family event for the city.

“It’s growing bigger and bigger and it’s something great for the community it’s great for the city,” said Alan Little.

“There will be a lot of families here.  To tell you the truth, my family looks forward to this more than Christmas I believe,” said Little.

The band “Drivin’ N Cryin’” will take care of the music tonight with southern rock band “.38 Special” headlining the event on Saturday night.

Tickets are $35 for the weekend or $25 dollars for a day.

Admission for children three to eight years old is $5 per day.

The festival starts at 4:00 p.m. today and 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.