GALLIPOLIS — Barbecue is coming back to the Gallipolis City Park.
Twelve barbecue teams will meet Saturday, Sept. 9 for the fourth annual Gallia County Barbecue Festival, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free to the public.
Each team will be competing in one of two categories: Rowdy’s Smokehouse Best Ribs and the Anything Goes Secret Ingredient competition. The winner of the best ribs will receive a trophy and $150 cash, and the winner of the secret ingredient will receive a trophy and get to name next years secret ingredient. This year it is cornmeal.
There will be two trophies up for grabs, the Kenny “Smooth” Siders II People’s Choice Trophy and the Michael Cockerham Grand Champion Trophy, which comes with $500.
All competition entries will be on site and cooking by 6 p.m. on Friday. They will be cooking pork, ribs, brisket, and the anything goes entry. Judging will start at 11 a.m. with pork, followed by brisket, ribs, and then secret ingredient. Food will be on sale from noon to 3 p.m.. Each ticket will come with a BBQ sandwich, chips, drinks, and a ticket to vote for the peoples choice award. A pork sampler will cost $5 and get you a sample from each of the 12 Teams. The brisket sandwich is $5. Chips and drinks are a $1.
Live music will also be available at the festival starting at 11 a.m. with Brent Patterson. Cradle and Grave will follow at noon, then Pop Friction at 1 p.m., and the Band Maggie hitting the stage at 2 p.m. There will also be activities for the whole family during the day. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Gallipolis Car Club will have a cruise in. There will also be a bounce house and bungee shoot. Face painting by Jody Rife and balloon sculpting from Cowboy Mark Wood will be on hand from 12:30-2:30 p.m..
The Gallia County Barbecue Festival was started in 2014 to help raise funds for the Gallia County Convention and Visitors Bureau. One employee’s husband, David McCarty was a trained barbecue judge and helped coordinate the competition.