BBQ on the River returns to Paducah, Ky.

PADUCAH, Ky. (KFVS) - The 29th annual Barbecue on the River is back this weekend in Paducah, Kentucky and event organizers say it’s bigger and better than ever.

Barbecue on the River begins Thursday, September 21 at 11 a.m. by the Ohio River, and will continue through the weekend.

Event organizers say this year’s festival is 20 percent larger than last year, with more than 20 barbecue teams competing in various competitions.

Leaders say the goal of the competition is to raise money for local charities. Last year they raised more than $400,000.

Director of Marketing for Beautiful Paducah Kacey Darling said the weekend’s festival has fun for the whole family.

“I hope that people have a good time, Darling said. “I think that’s what so many people are missing right now. We’re all overworked, we’re all tired, everybody is a little run down after the last couple years in this country. And I think just being able to kind of let loose for a weekend and have some great food and be out here with the community and see people you know and love and just be a part of this big community-friendly event, I think is really important.”

Event leaders say they are still looking for volunteers for this weekend. If you are interested in volunteering, you can email

For the full list of events, click here.

Colin Baillie

Colin Baillie

Colin Baillie joined KFVS as a multimedia journalist in March 2020.