August 6, 2012
Twelve hot air balloon pilots took to the skies early Saturday morning as part of the Balloons and BBQ Blast in Craig. Later in the afternoon a grand champion was crowned during the 2012 Colorado State BBQ Championship at Craig. Here are some images from the dual event in case you missed it.
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The Colorado State BBQ Championship at Craig is an event that has managed to exceed expectations of its annual competitors for the past three years. It’s a contest Bob Sammons, of Oops BBQ in Grand Junction, said epitomizes the spirit of fair play in the “sport” of competitive barbecue cooking. A lot of credit for the atmosphere, Sammons and wife Louise said, is due to the Craig and Moffat County community, which has embraced the BBQ championship as evidenced by the partnership this year with the Moffat County Balloon Festival. “This is our third year, we come here every year, and this is the best event in the state,” Sammons said. “Sometimes when people become successful they stop trying to innovate, but not this group. They’re trying to improve it every year, they ask us for our feedback and the balloons were just wonderful.”