Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Gallia County BBQ Festival


Calling All BBQ Teams & Lovers of all BBQ!

Saturday, September 10, 2016
12:00-3:00 pm

It’s that time again… The Gallia County Convention and Visitors Bureau is excited to be hosting the 3rd Annual Gallia County BBQ Festival on Saturday, September 10, 2016 in the Gallipolis City Park and First Avenue/State Street.

Admission will be FREE. We will be having activities in the Park from 12:00-3:00 pm and you will be able to purchase BBQ Samples and Sandwiches, Chips, Desserts, Pop & Water around 1:00 pm.

BBQ Competition: Teams must register by Friday, August 26, 2016
  • We will be having up to 15 Teams competing with a combined score in Pork and Brisket for the “Michael Cockerham Grand Champion” Trophy.  The meat will be provided by Honey Creek Barbecue.
  • There will be a volunteer category (Teams are to provide their own meat) for “Rowdy’s Smokehouse Best Ribs”.
  • This year we have added another volunteer category (Teams provide their own ingredients). It’s “Anything Goes ~ Secret Ingredient” Competition. This year’s “Secret Ingredient” is Apple.Competitors can make any side dish/dessert but it must contain Apple(s).
  • Teams will also be vying for the “Kenny ‘Smooth’ Siders II Peoples’ Choice” Trophy from entry votes by attendees.

Teams may arrive on Friday, September 9 after 3:00 pm. Meat will be distributed at 5:00 pm followed by a mandatory Cooks’ meeting at 5:30 pm. Teams may begin cooking after the meeting. All competition entries must be prepared and cooked on-site.

Competition turn-in times on Saturday, September 10 are 12:00 pm for Pork; 12:30 pm for Brisket; 1:00 pm for Ribs; and 1:30 pm for Secret Ingredient.

There will be 2 sets (one set Pork, one set Brisket) of 5 Judges that will determine the overall Winner and 1st and 2nd Place. The Winner will receive $500 Cash Prize & a Trophy! First and Second Place will receive Trophies. A separate set of 5 Judges will determine the “Rowdy’s Smokehouse Best Ribs” Winner who will receive $100 and a Trophy. The “Anything Goes” category will have 3 Judges that will visit the participating Teams’ cook areas to determine the winner of a Trophy and Gallipolis silver coin.

After the Contestants have turned in their samples for judging, they will donate the pork and brisket to the GCCVB.  We will have a tent set up and separate heating containers for each team.  At approximately 1:00 pm, we will start selling Pork samples and Brisket sandwiches to the public. We will also sell pop, water, chips and desserts. You will receive a ticket when you purchase a sample or sandwich to use to vote for the “People’s Choice”.  All proceeds from the sale of food and drinks go back to the Gallia County Convention & Visitors Bureau for future events.

The GCCVB has invited area Organizations to set up in the City Park during the BBQ Festival as a “Get to Know Your Community”.  These Organizations can sell things for fundraisers; give away prizes; membership drives; and informational awareness.  They cannot sell any food or drink items as that is part of our fundraising during this event. There is no charge to participate.  You must register before August 26 to secure your spot. Spots will be assigned.
Activities from 12:00-3:00 pm include, The Gallipolis Car Club Cruise-In; live music on the stage by “The Tangled Roots”; Yard Yahtzee; Yard Tic-Tac-Toe; Corn Hole; a Photo Booth; Train Rides and Bounce House/Obstacle Courses.  From 12:30-2:30 pm there will be Face Painting by Jody Rife and Balloon Sculpting by Cowboy Mark Wood.

Teams can stop at the Gallia County Visitors Bureau, 441 Second Avenue, Gallipolis, call 740-446-6882 or email to
info@visitgallia.com for an Entry Form and Rules. If your Organization would like to set up, we ask that you call or email the GCCVB for your registration form. As with any Community event, Volunteers are always welcome. Please contact us if you would like to Volunteer.

The Gallia County Convention & Visitors Bureau would like to “Thank” our Sponsors and the Community for your Support, Encouragement and Participation in the upcoming 3rd Annual Gallia County BBQ Festival!

Gallia County Convention & Visitors Bureau
441 Second Avenue
Gallipolis, OH 45631
(740) 446-6882
Monday-Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm
email: info@visitgallia.com

                   Written By: Executive Assistant Karen McCarty


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