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22nd Annual Colorado Barbecue Challenge

Published: June 7, 2015

22nd Annual Colorado Barbecue Challenge

The 22nd Annual Colorado Barbecue Challenge is coming to Frisco, Colorado the weekend of June 19th!  This Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) sanctioned competition has attracted 70 participating teams from across the country.  Come hungry to the event and put your taste buds to the test, as each team competes for the ultimate title of Best BBQer in the Rocky Mountains!

The first barbecue challenge was held in 1993 with a total of 12 participating teams.  Originally, the competition took place at the Frisco Historic Park and eventually expanded to include 2 blocks of Main Street.  This year, downtown Frisco will close off 6 blocks on Main Street, as well as numerous side streets, to accommodate growing crowds at the event.

Nora Gilbertson, the Event Manager for the Town of Frisco commented, “The Colorado Barbecue Challenge kicks off summer in the High Country.  Not only is this an amazing event for Foodies, but there is tons of live music and entertainment all set within our cute town surrounded by mountains.”

Marcia Ball will kick of the weekend with a live, outdoor concert on June 18th at 8 PM. Other acts will perform throughout each day of the barbecue challenge.  Performers include Stop Light Observation, Mama Magnolia, Pato Banton and the Now Generation, the Samples, Beau Thomas, Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line.

Other activities include pig races, street performers and for the kids, bounce houses and hamster balls. Participate in the 6k Bacon Burner Run on Saturday morning at 9:30 AM. The run will take place on the paved bike path encircling Lake Dillon and welcomes all ages and abilities. There will even be a special barbecue competition for the kids, known as the Kids Q! Parent supervision is required and anything can be prepared so get creative!

Over the last 21 years, over $800,000 has been distributed to an assortment of non-profit groups!  Proceeds this year will benefit at least six different non-profits, including Advocates for Victims of Assault, the Colorado Restaurant Association- Summit County Chapter, High Country Conservation Center, Summit County Chamber of Commerce, Mountain Mentors and Women of the Summit.

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