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Steve Renfro, left, hands off cooking materials to his wife, Marilyn, as they prepare their station Thursday afternoon for the weekend’s Colorado State BBQ Championship at Craig, hosted in Loudy-Simpson Park. The Renfros, who are from Bailey, head Flyboy BBQ, last year’s grand prize winner.

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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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