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Paducah's BBQ on the River

Paducah's BBQ on the RiverBBQ on the River, A Community Charitable Event! Can you think of a better way to spend an early fall weekend than enjoying great BBQ, lively entertainment, exquisite crafts, a charming downtown and a great time with friends. Come join us in Paducah, KY for three great days of BBQ Bliss as 50 plus BBQ teams from Western Kentucky and beyond cook up over 60 tons of meat in hopes of taking home the coveted Grand Champions trophy. Along with delicious mouthwatering food and fabulous fun you will be helping out many local charitable organization.

In the beginning…it started with two ladies, a dream, and two more ladies with the tools to make it happen. The dream was to create an event similar to Memphis in May. With a reputation for great Western Kentucky barbecue, it only stood to reason that the River City was the ideal location for a barbecue festival. Many years later in planning and they had the plan , a Barbecue Tournament & Pig Out and decided to make it a Community Charitable Event that ran from dawn to dusk.

Beginning Thursday, September 27, the smell of chicken and pork will hover over 2 ½ blocks of camps in historic downtown Paducah. More than 60 tons of chicken and pork will be grilled, smoked, cooked and eaten, and nearly $500,000 raised for local charities. Teams from all over the region will compete for the prestige of being named Grand Champion.

Paducah's BBQ on the RiverAlong with the smell of smoked chicken and pork hovering over the camps, the music befits the scene as hot blues, bluegrass, jazz and classic roack fill the air. It’s like coming home to a big family reunion, no matter where you are from.

Although Paducah’s Barbecue on the River is a fun event, the contestants are very serious about their barbecue. The “local flavor” of West Kentucky Barbecue is renown throughout the land. Amateur and down-home chefs find themselves competing against restaurateurs and professionals who want to prove that their barbecue is the BEST! A number of contestants have developed spin-off careers with barbecue related products…cookbooks, sauces, grill, smokers and more

As well as impacting Paducah’s charities and economy, the Barbecue on the River has also provided a boost for Paducah Mains Street’s Old Market Days. Main Street, a non-profit organization dedicated to downtown revitalization efforts, has put together a group of artists and crafters, offering such items as candles, herb products, silver and hemp jewelry, decorative art and face painting. The crafters sell their wares along the Second Street promenade on the perimeter of the festival.

Paducah's BBQ on the River“Get your appetites ready!” Happy barbecuers will work as a team to do something they love for charity, the community and the people who come from miles around just to partake of the feast. It’s a time for black and white checkered tablecloths and all those foods that say September, down home and friendly.

Paducah invites you to come PIG OUT at the BBQ on the River (view OFFICIAL SITE HERE)

Date: Make your plans now to be in Paducah, September 26 thru 28, 2013

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