The Smoketoberfest BBQ Challenge

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Smoketoberfest is a serious event, and the near fifty teams that compete every year for the top prize treat it as such.   For starters, the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) judge the recipes, which makes it pretty official.  But when the Governor of Pennsylvania proclaims the Smoketoberfest BBQ Challenge as an official State Champion barbeque event, the stakes are raised even higher.  As a result of all the futzpah this contest packs, the winning team of Smoketoberfest is eligible to enter their recipe at national events for competition.  So obviously, there is a lot on the line here.

Winning the judges choice is the ultimate goal, but it’s not the only one. There is a people’s choice winner for “braggin’ rights” which includes the Big Pig trophy and free entry into next years Smoketoberfest.   And perhaps the greatest winner of all is the Make-A-Wish Foundation whom Smoketoberfest graciously and charitably donates all of the festival proceeds to.  So you can say that no matter what, everyone is a winner!   And with a pot totaling over 6500 dollars, a Championship winner, a “Big Pig” winner, and all the food that festival goers enjoy who could argue?

A barbeque contest is already a big show, but never resting on its laurels, Smoketoberfest holds an adjacent Antique and Custom Car Show.  Contestants can apply to show off their machine on a 35 mile country cruise and have it judged by the KCBS for a shot of best in show.

Championship barbeque and custom cars may be the big pull at Smoketoberfest but a lot is packed into this festival and the organizers like it that way.  In addition to the amazing barbeque and car show, there are many free activities for kids, including pony rides, face painting, games, and a giant swing.  There is a massive silent auction for Make-A-Wish and hayrides for the family. If barbeque isn’t your thing there are many vendors at Smoketoberfest including food

Admission to the festival is free and many of the activities are free. Registration is required for both the BBQ Challenge and the Car Show.

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