Great Maine Barbecue Challenge @ Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway
Sep 21 – Sep 24 all-day

Welcome to the Great Maine BBQ Challenge, as proclaimed by our governor as a State Championship and
a KCBS and NEBS sanctioned BBQ competition in the state of Maine in 2017.  The competition will be
held at Bass Park in Bangor, Maine.  Surrounded by the picturesque Penobscot River with beautiful
walking paths and easy access to downtown Bangor, the unique spirit of the Greater Bangor Region is
evident in its charming shops, delicious dining and world‐class performing arts.  The opportunity to
indulge in culture and nature will beckon you at every turn and it’s all within a very short drive.
The Great Maine BBQ Challenge will be a three‐day, pet friendly event.  Friday the excitement begins
with set up and preparation. Saturday will hold a NEBS competition followed by a KCBS
sanctioned contest on Sunday.

A big hit with the teams last year, now the event is a shorter drive for most of New England, and features a 20k prize pool, one of the largest in the region.   (3K NEBS, 17K KCBS)

Competitors: this event will count towards 2017 NEBS Classic and Ken Dakai TOY points.


Riverside Blues, Brews, & BBQ Festival @ Franklin County Fairgrounds
Oct 6 @ 12:00 pm – Oct 9 @ 4:00 am

The Lefty’s Brewing Company and the Greenfield Recreation Department will be hosting their seventh annual Riverside Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival at the Franklin County Fairgrounds, 87 Wisdom Way, Greenfield, MA on October 7th, 2017. The festival features a New England Barbecue Society Grilling Contest, a Kansas City Barbeque Society Contest (Official State Championship), as well as Beer, Blues Music, vendors, and fun and exciting competitions. The event is officially sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society with professional BBQ teams competing.

From 2011-2016 we received a Proclamation from the Governor to make our competition an official State Championship Contest. As a State Championship Competition contest, we are a qualifier for two of the biggest BBQ contests in the nation, The Jack Daniel’s and the American Royal.

This contest is eligible for the  NEBS Classic and Ken Dakai Cup TOY races

Cook’s Packet is here


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