Youngsters will have the chance to put on their barbeque gloves, fire up the grill and put their culinary skills to the test along with the pros at the third annual King City Barbeque Showdown.
The Kids-Q, sponsored by Kemper CPA Group, will be held Friday, June 10, as part of the three-day festival. Setup will be from noon to 4 p.m., cooking starts at 4 p.m. and judging is at 7 p.m. The competition will be held at the Rend Lake College MarketPlace on the walkway around the Washington Monument. Project Child is helping to organize the competition.
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.
The third annual King City Barbeque Showdown is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and is set for 5 p.m. to midnight Thursday, June 9, through Saturday, June 11, at the Rend Lake College MarketPlace and Holiday Inn, both located on Potomac Boulevard in Mt. Vernon. More than 30 professional barbeque cooks from across the country are expected.
This year, spectators can sample the cooks’ barbeque by participating in the People’s Choice Award from 5-8 p.m. Friday. For $10, people can purchase tokens and sample tenderloin prepared by the barbequers, leaving their tokens with the chef they thought was best.
Like last year’s event, a great line-up of music has been set for each night of the festival. Thursday night features up-and-coming country music singer Amanda Sheridan in performances at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., separated by a karaoke contest. Friday night features the “Night of Blues” with Pennsylvania Slim from 7-9 p.m. and Tawl Paul from 9 p.m.-midnight. Saturday is country music night with Mal Rodgers from 6-8 p.m., “Nashville Star” finalist Lance Miller from 8-10 p.m. and, making a return performance this year, the popular Wild Horses from 10 p.m.-midnight.
Other activities will include a NASCAR display featuring cars driven by Dale Earnhardt and Neil Bonnett, a carnival, a craft fair, a volleyball tournament, food courts and a beer garden. Spectators also can watch the cookers in action near the monument.
For more information about the King City Barbeque Showdown or the Kids-Q, contact the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.