GALLIPOLIS — The Gallia County Barbecue Festival will be returning Sept. 10 to Gallipolis City Park, First Avenue and State Street to host 15 competing teams for bragging rights to the best barbecued dish in the region.
The Gallia County Convention and Visitors Bureau will be hosting the third annual festival, where admission is expected to be free. The event will last from noon to 3 p.m. Attendees will be able to purchase barbecue samples, sandwiches, chips, desserts, pop and water around 1 p.m.
Teams wishing to compete must register by Aug. 26. Fifteen team spots are expected to compete with a combined score in pork and brisket dishes for the “Michael Cockerham Grand Champion” trophy. Meat will be provided. There will be a volunteer category for a rib competition and teams are asked to provide their own meat.
A new volunteer category has been added this year in which competitors will make use of a secret ingredient. This year’s choice makes use of apples. Competitors can make any side dish or dessert that contains an apple. Teams will also vie for a people’s choice trophy from entry votes by attendees.
Teams can arrive after 3 p.m. Sept. 9. Meat is distributed at 5 p.m., followed by a mandatory cooks’ meeting at 5:30 p.m. Teams may begin cooking after the meeting. All competition entries must be prepared and cooked on site.
Competition turn-in times on Saturday are noon for pork, 12:30 p.m. for brisket and 1 p.m. for ribs. Secret ingredient competitors are asked to finish their concoctions by 1:30 p.m.
There will be two sets of five judges, one for pork and the other for brisket, who will determine the overall winner and first and second place runners-up. The winner will take home $500 and the trophy. First and second runners-up will receive trophies. A separate set of five judges will determine the best ribs competition winner, who will receive $100 and a trophy. Secret ingredient competitors will have a three-person judging panel to determine the winner, who will receive a trophy and Gallipolis silver coin.
After the competition, event organizers will collect the remaining brisket and pork and hold them in warmed containers beneath a tent in Gallipolis City Park. At roughly 1 p.m., the public will have the opportunity to purchase pork and brisket. Tickets received with the purchase of a sample or sandwich will be used to determine the vote for the people’s choice competition.
Community organizations are also invited to set up tables to participate at the festival. Groups are asked to register by Aug. 26.
The public will be able to enjoy live music on stage in Gallipolis City Park. Yard Yahtzee, yard tic-tac-toe, cornhole, a photo booth, train rides and inflatables will also be available.
For more information or to register, visit the Gallia County Convention and Visitors Bureau on Second Avenue in Gallipolis. Individuals can receive more information by emailing [email protected] or calling 740-446-6882. Volunteers are also welcome.