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Festival will host BBQ competition


Barbecue lovers might want to mark Sept. 16 and 17 on their calendars.

Those are the days you can go to Banks Lake Park and sample barbecue specialties from a host of grillers who are after the grand champion prize of $2,000, the trophy that goes along with it, and bragging rights.

The BBQ competition is part of the community Harvest Festival put on by the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce.

Grillers will get set up and rely on their special recipes to please the “sampling” crowd and gain the attention of the judges as they compete for both the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion prizes. The reserve grand champion will pick up the $1,000 prize.

It’s the sixth annual Harvest Festival and the fourth year the event has hosted the BBQ competition under the auspices of the Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association (PNWBA).

It’s a good-size investment by grillers, who pay from $150 to $185 to enter the contest and have to furnish their own grill and generator. A winning recipe also helps.

Sampling hours are from noon to 3 p.m. each day. The award ceremony will be at 4 p.m. Sunday.

There will be cash prizes for the extra categories, paying $125 for first, $75 for second and $50 for third.

In the main meat categories, first place pays $225, second pays $185, third pays $150, fourth pays $115, fifth pays $75 and sixth place garners a ribbon only. The first five spots also get ribbons.

Total prize money for the BBQ competition is $6,500.

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