Charlie Epp takes a look into his smoker during the first Colorado State BBQ Championship at Craig in 2010. This year’s event will be hosted in conjunction with the Moffat County Balloon Festival. The Balloons and BBQ Blast takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Loudy-Simpson Park. The BBQ kicks off at 9 a.m. Friday, with awards distributed at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The balloons launch Saturday and Sunday morning after sunrise, or sometime around 6 a.m. For more information, visit craigbbq.com or mcballoonfestival.com.