The Friends of Murphysboro, a not-for-profit group of volunteers, recently announced the 10th annual Big Muddy Monster Brew Fest, set for Saturday, Oct. 5 from noon until 4 p.m. at Riverside Park in Murphysboro.

To mark the milestone anniversary, the band, the Boat Drunks, will perform. Their set includes many hits by Jimmy Buffett, the Beatles and Johnny Cash, as well as original music from their five studio albums.

Craft beer from more than 60 breweries will be served. Food from various local food trucks will be for sale and other entertainment will be provided.

The winners of the Home Brew Competition will also be announced.

The deadline to submit entries for the competition is Saturday, Aug. 24 or go to

Tickets can be purchased online at or at the Southern Illinois Liquor Mart locations in Murphysboro, Carbondale and Marion as well as Minglewood Brewery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and Roof Brothers Wine and Spirits in Paducah.

The pre-sale prices are general admission, $35; Imperial Tent, with only 250 tickets available, $50; and non-drinker, $5.

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