Admission for the event, scheduled for Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., is $15 before 3 p.m. and $25 after 3 p.m. Children 12 and under will be admitted for free.
The event was inspired in a great deal by a survey given to residents a few months ago, according to Tourism Director Jennifer Price.
“We had a survey two or three months ago,” she said. “One of the main things that citizens stated they would like to see was a barbecue contest.”
Price said the Hospitality and Tourism department also spoke with the Main Street Association, who is presenting the event in conjunction with them, to grow the types of events in the county and to curate a different event.
From there, the Hospitality and Tourism board president Lee Freedman came up with the name and the rest is history.
“It is definitely a family event,” Price said. “We will have a kids section to keep them entertained. Then we will have the actual arts and crafts portion where residents will be able, for example, to get things monogrammed.”
Aside from the classic cars, hotrods and motorcycles that are welcome for inclusion in the car show, Price said, the barbecue aspect is expected to be a crowd pleaser.
For the barbecue, cooking teams sign up to be apart of a judged contest for cash prizes. As of yet, 10 cooking teams are registered to compete for the best overall, best chicken, best pork ribs and people’s choice awards.
The people’s choice award will be based upon the team that prepares the best Boston butt.
“We will provide the Boston butt to all of the cooking teams,” said Price. “Residents will be given samples try and give their tokens to who they think is best.”
Musical entertainment will also be present at the festival.
Will Turpin & The Way of Collective Soul, Joel Kosche of Collective Soul JK & The Lost Boys and The Full House Band will perform throughout the day of the event.
Price said the event is hoped to be a tourism boosting event.
“Our main advertising has been done outside of the city with the primary focus on heads on beds,” Price said. “We want people to come to the event, stay in our hotels and hopefully when they are not at the event, shop and eat at restaurants.”