Professional barbequers, many sporting deluxe equipment with all the bells and whistles, will put their grilling skills to the test at the second annual King City Barbeque Showdown June 11 and 12. But that does not mean that youngsters cannot try their hands at culinary competition along with the pros.
The first "Kids-Q" will take place Friday, June 11, at the Rend Lake College MarketPlace on the walkway around the Washington Monument. Project Child is helping to organize the competition.
Setup will be from noon to 4 p.m. Cooking will start after 4 p.m. and the judging will take place at 7 p.m. The children will compete in two age groups: 10 and under and 11 to 15. They will test their barbeque prowess in the categories of chicken and hot dogs. Adult supervision will be required for the younger children.
Organizers are looking for judges for the competition. Anyone interested in judging the Kids-Q may call the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce at (618) 242-5725.
Rend Lake College has joined forces with the Jefferson County Chamber to organize the second annual King City Barbeque Showdown, which is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. Barbecue competitors from around the country will converge on Mt. Vernon to vie for $7,500 in prizes.
The barbequers can prepare up to four types of meat: chicken, pork ribs, pork and brisket. Later, in a room in which only KCBS representatives and media are allowed, several teams of judges will rate the barbecuing efforts of the competitors in the categories of appearance, taste and tenderness/texture.
But there’s more to this festival than just great-tasting barbeque, and everyone is sure to find some excitement. Spectators can enjoy a variety of food and music or feast their eyes on a Harley-Davidson Bike Show. Fun awaits the youngsters with a carnival and with the Kids-Q.
The second annual King City Barbeque Showdown gets underway at 4 p.m. Friday, June 11, at the Rend Lake College MarketPlace on Potomac Boulevard in Mt. Vernon. A Harley-Davidson Bike Show, sponsored by Dale’s Harley-Davidson of Mt. Vernon, also is set for Friday near the food, music and beer garden area behind Holiday Inn. The barbeque contestants will be set up on the north side of the Washington Monument across the street from Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon.
Musical entertainment for Friday evening will include Crave (rock, 5-7 p.m.), Rip Lee Pryor Blues Band (7-9 p.m.) and Wild Horses (country, 9 p.m.-midnight).
On Saturday, June 12, the action gets underway again at noon. The winners of the King City Barbeque Showdown will be announced from 3-4 p.m. on the stage in the music area. In addition to a variety of food vendors, some of the Showdown contestants will sell their barbeque.
Music for the day will be provided by Deep Cuts (blues, noon-3 p.m.), Pennsylvania Slim Blues Band (4:30-6:30 p.m.), Big Al and the Heavyweights (blues, 7:15-9:15 p.m.) and Soulard Blues Band (10 p.m.-midnight).
Beginning Wednesday and continuing throughout the entire event, the Magic Midway Carnival will be set up on the south parking lot. A family area also will be available.
For more information about the King City Barbeque Showdown or the Kids-Q, contact the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce or call event Coordinator Cindy Hoard at 242-4338.