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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.

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Balloons and BBQ Blast to offer weekend fun in Craig

Things will heat up during a community get-together this weekend in more than one way. The Balloons and BBQ Blast will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Loudy-Simpson Park. The dual event features both the Colorado State BBQ Championship at Craig and the Moffat County Balloon Festival. The festivities start at 9 a.m. Friday as competitors in the BBQ Championship take on initial meat inspections and continue through the next day, perfecting culinary masterpieces of chicken, pork, brisket and ribs, with final judging Saturday afternoon. Organizer Jennifer Riley said the number of competing grillers is at a peak of 36.

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