Fire up the grills for the 26th Annual Cape Jaycee BBQ Fest

The smell of BBQ will fill Arena Park

Bigger and better than ever. That’s what the Cape Jaycees are saying about their 26th annual BBQ Fest at Arena Park.

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This is a sanction Kansas City Barbecue Society Event. The winners of each of the four categories will receive a cash prize.

The 2018 BBQ Fest will take place August 17-18.

Teams will start setting up at 9 a.m. Friday. Judging will start at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Good news: you can reap the benefits.

On Friday evening, you’re invited to enjoy great food from several area food trucks, live music, brews, a corn-hole tournament, and a Bloody Mary contest.

Join the fun starting at 4:30 p.m. at Arena Park.

What’s more: all of the money raised goes to help buy toys for local kids at Christmas.

If you feel inclined to do so, the Jaycees encourage you to make a donation or drop off a new, unopened toy at the Toy Box.

Schedule of Events


4:30 pm to 8:30 pm Food Trucks open for Food

4:30 pm to 11:00 pm Socializing

4:30 pm to 11:00 pm Jaycees “Beer and Beverage” Stand Open

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm 50/50 Raffle

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Corn-Hole Tournament $10/team entry

8:00 pm Bloody Mary Contest Turn in

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm Mike Renick Band, Live Band Performance

The Competition

Grillmasters can enter any or all of the four categories: Chicken, Pork Ribs (loin or spare), Pork (shoulder/butt/picnic), and Brisket (beef).

CLICK HERE for the schedule of events.

And check out what they could win!

Grand Champion* – Trophy PLUS $2,500 Cash
Reserve Grand Champion* – $1,500 Cash
3rd Place Overall- $750.00*
4th Place Overall- $500.00*
5th Place Overall- $350.00*
1st Place in each category – Trophy PLUS $500 Cash
2nd Place in each category – Ribbon PLUS $300 Cash
3rd Place in each category – Ribbon PLUS $150 Cash
4th Place in each category – Ribbon PLUS $100 Cash
5th Place in each category – Ribbon PLUS $50.00 Cash

In order to be named the Grand Champion, you must enter into every category.

CLICK HERE for a little insider information from a pitmaster to help ensure your meats are top notch.

If the competition inspires you to expand your BBQ repertoire, may we suggest:

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