McLouth BBQ Blowout returning

Ben Shinogle, right, slices brisket as his brother, Charlie, assists him. Ben, who is 15, competed in Saturday’s McLouth BBQ Blowout. The event was at Prairie Park in McLouth. Enlarge photo

June 1, 2011

The aromas that will waft from the Stan Braksick Sports Complex parking this weekend will mean just one thing: the McLouth BBQ Blowout is back in the Jefferson County community.

The 20th annual blowout will be Friday and Saturday. The Kansas City Barbecue Society event is a state event, with winners qualifying for the American Royal Invitational Championship and a slot into the entry pool for the Jack Daniels BBQ Championship. Top prize is $1,000 along with a trophy and ribbon.

The McLouth Recreation Commission and Jefferson County Economic Development will also sponsor a “Backyard Division” competition for people not participating in the main event, with cash prizes available.

Anyone interested in participating in the Backyard Division competition can contact Cliff Weeks at (913) 796-6122.

Other activities will surround the barbecue event, as well, including children’s rides, an exotic-animal petting zoo featuring camel rides, remote control airplanes, vendors and concessions. The main judging starts at noon Saturday.

Admission to the event is free, and free parking is available south of the complex's football field.

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