August 3, 2012
Craig resident Alan Webber sets up his specially constructed grill at his station for the Colorado State BBQ Championship at Loudy-Simpson Park. Webber has grilled competitively for about five years and has competed at the Craig event since it began in 2010. This year’s event also includes the Moffat County Balloon Festival.
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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.