Bob Syke's Barbecue & Blues Festival

Food, music and fun was just the tip of the iceberg at the 5th Annual {}Bob Sykes Barbecue and Blues Festival in Bessemer. {}Thousands of people came out to Debardeleben Park on Saturday to enjoy the festivities.{}Blues acts hit the stage and were greeted by a large crowd. {}The youngest daughter of blues legend, B.B. King showed them it's all in the genes. Singer, Claudette King, kept the crowd swaying.Bessemer also presented a world known self taught artist, Thorton Dial, with a key to the city. "This festival came from an idea to promote the city of Bessemer which has been my home for 40 years. I had everything in place, I had food, good connections.. It was a matter of just taking all the ingredients.", said Festival organizer Van Sykes.A portion of the proceeds will go to the Bessemer Education Enhancement Fund.