Games, a carnival, food and fun add up to a perfect family outing with the third annual King City Barbeque Showdown.
The King City Barbeque Showdown will be held Thursday, June 9, through Saturday, June 11, at the Rend Lake College MarketPlace and at Holiday Inn, both located on Potomac Boulevard in Mt. Vernon. Rend Lake College and the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce are organizing the event.
There is far more to this festival than mouth-watering barbeque. Events will be open to the public from 5 p.m. to midnight each night. The GFI Digital Family Carnival will be in action, and the Mt. Vernon Register-News Craft Fair will be open.
For the racing enthusiast in the family, there will be a special treat: a NASCAR display featuring classic cars driven by Dale Earnhardt and Neil Bonnett, sponsored by National Railway.
This year, people will be able to sample the competitors’ barbeque, which in past years had been available only to the judges, with the People’s Choice Award competition. Participants can purchase 10 tokens for $10, and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 10, they can sample tenderloin prepared by the cooks in their own styles, then leave a number of tokens with the cooks who they believe prepared the best food.
“This is a chance for the general public to taste what the cooks prepare,” said Floyd Brookman, Marketing Director for the Chamber. The barbeque contestants will be set up on the north side of the Washington Monument across the street from Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon.
Youngsters also can practice their barbequing skills with their own version of a Barbeque Showdown – the “Kids-Q.” Kids will compete in two age groups (10 and under and 11-15) in chicken and hot dog categories. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.
For the aspiring singer in the family, Crossroads Community Hospital is sponsoring a karaoke contest, which will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 9. The top male and female each will win $500 and Nashville recording time. The contest will be hosted by Kickin’ It Music Productions.
There also is a time to show off some athletic prowess with the 2005 Pig and Dig Volleyball Tournament, set for Saturday, June 11. This co-ed, four-on-four tournament begins at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $80 per team, and prizes will be awarded to the winner.
After working up an appetite, spectators can stop by the St. Mary’s/Good Samaritan Family Food Court. Attendees also are welcome to watch more than 30 professional barbequing teams work their grilling magic.
The music line-up includes:
• Thursday, June 9 – Amanda Sheridan and the Crossroads Band, 6-7 p.m. and 10 p.m.-midnight;
• Friday, June 10 – Pennsylvania Slim, 7-9 p.m.; Tawl Paul, 9 p.m.-midnight;
• Saturday, June 11 – Mal Rodgers, 6-8 p.m.; Lance Miller, 8-10 p.m.; Wild Horses, 10 p.m.-midnight.
Admission to the event is $5 for adults, and children 12 and under are admitted free. Entrants can save $1 on admission by bringing in a specially marked can of Diet Mountain Dew. There is no charge for parking.
For more information about the King City Barbeque Showdown, contact the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce at (618) 242-5725.