International Bar-B-Q Festival

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On the second weekend in May, the Owensboro riverfront becomes a hub of activity when cooking teams gather to compete with their secret recipes for barbecue. These teams are vying for best chicken, mutton and burgoo titles, as well as the Governor’s Cup for the “BEST OVERALL BAR-B-Q COOKING TEAM.” All total, more than 80,000 people will attend the festival with more than 10 tons of mutton, 1,500 gallons of burgoo and 5,000 chickens prepared and sold during the festival. Musical entertainment, children’s activities, car show, arts and crafts and more are available for the crowd’s enjoyment. This festival has been featured in Discovery Channel’s Travelers, Inside Edition and Southern Living. Come enjoy “Two days of barbecue Heaven!”