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Blues & BBQ Festival and Cookin' on the Kaw

Riverfest Park was filled with the aroma of great barbecue and the sounds of good music on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 8-9, as the Blues & BBQ Festival and the Cookin' on the Kaw barbecue contest took place. Friday night started off with live performances by several blues bands and the People's Choice barbecue competition. Saturday morning kicked off the certified competition as 49 teams, the maximum number, presented entries in five categories to be judged.

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Brian Weets, of St. Joseph, Mo., and We Like Big Butts BBQ, rubs spices into ...

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Kyle Hoover of Olathe and Cow-a-Bunga BBQ cuts his team's brisket at the Blues & ...

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For $5, attendees of the Blues & BBQ Festival received 10 tickets to be used ...

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A plate full of brisket, beans and sausage is just one example of the food ...

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Totally Stoked BBQ of De Soto went to the extreme with their decoration for their ...

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Kim Mattox, of the band Bluzville, performs during the Blues & BBQ Festival in Riverfest ...

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The VIP dining tent sponsored by Oklahoma Joe's BBQ was sold-out by the end of ...

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Meat samples are placed on a grid by judges to ensure that each piece is ...

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Certified barbecue judge Gene Melvin tastes a chicken entry in the Cookin' on the Kaw ...

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Sixty-four certified judges rated barbecue entries from forty-nine competitors at Saturday's Cookin' on the Kaw ...

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