Organizers preparing for summer’s barbecue championship in Craig

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For more information about the second Colorado State BBQ Championship, slated for Aug. 25 to 27 at Loudy-Simpson Park, visit www.craigbbq.com....

The second Colorado State BBQ Championship is slated for Aug. 25 to 27 at Loudy-Simpson Park.

Event organizers said there will be differences from last year’s inaugural offering.

Last year’s championship took place at Wyman Museum.

“The competition this year is a bit bigger in regard to the number of competitors entering, and the change to Loudy-Simpson will hopefully bring more people from town down to the event and get travelers from out of town into the city,” said George Rohrich, chief executive officer at The Memorial Hospital in Craig and event organizer.

The Kansas City BBQ Society and Rocky Mountain BBQ Association sanction the Craig championship. Last year, 35 teams competed.

“Now that people are more familiar with the event, we hope they will come down again and enjoy the sights and tastes we have to offer,” Rohrich said.

People who come to the event will be able to watch barbecue teams from across the country compete and display their cooking talent. Visitors can also sample different foods.

There are four meat classes teams will compete in: pork, ribs, chicken and brisket.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top five cooks, with the first-place winner in each event earning a $300 prize.

Also, there will be a $3,000 and $2,000 prize given to the competition’s grand and reserve champions. In all, the total amount of money to be awarded at the competition is $10,000, Rohrich said.

Judges certified by the Kansas City BBQ Society will judge the competition.

For people interested in becoming a judge, the Kansas City BBQ Society will host a class at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at Loudy-Simpson. People who attend the class will learn the criteria of barbecue, along with tips to improve their own cooking skills.

For members of the Kansas City Barbecue Society, the class costs $55, and for non-members the cost is $85.

Registration can be completed through www.bbqcompassist.com.

Along with the competition, multiple vendors will be at the park, and The Incendiary Circus, a group of professional fire dancers, will perform Aug. 26. There is a $2 entry fee for adults. Admission is free for children ages 12 and younger.

For more information about the competition, visit www.craigbbq.com.

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