International Bar-B-Q Festival

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The International Bar-B-Q Festival is an event held in Owensboro, Kentucky, every second weekend in May[1] since 1979, except 2020 when it was cancelled.[2] The festival provides an opportunity for sampling many varieties of barbecued meats, including chicken, mutton, and burgoo.[3] Cooking teams compete for the Governor's Cup, awarded to the team judged to have the best barbecued cuisine.[4] Other attractions include square dancing, musical performances, and arts and crafts.[5] The Kentucky Department of Tourism recently (in 2006) projected an expected attendance of 85,000 for the festival.[6]

The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 caused the festival to go on hiatus until May 2021, when strict measures will be undertaken hereafter, such as social distancing and wearing masks.

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  1. ^ "International Bar-B-Q Festival". Retrieved 2007-03-20.
  2. ^ Millburg, Steve. "Two Days of Barbecue Heaven". Retrieved 2007-03-20.
  3. ^ "Barbecue Trail". Retrieved 2007-03-20.
  4. ^ "One Tank Trip to Festivals Around Kentucky" (DOC). Kentucky Department of Parks. 2005-05-12. Retrieved 2007-03-20.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Owensboro Sister Cities / Regions - Owensboro Guide". Owensboro Community and Technical College. Retrieved 2007-03-20.
  6. ^ "Bar-B-Q Aromas and Music Will Fill the Air at Owensboro Festival". Kentucky Department of Tourism. 2006-05-03. Retrieved 2007-03-20.

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Coordinates: 37°46′34″N 87°06′56″W / 37.77611°N 87.11556°W / 37.77611; -87.11556