SCENE AND HEARD: Smoky goodness attracts crowds to Festival


SCENE AND HEARD: Smoky goodness attracts crowds to Festival

Photos by NICOLE FLINT

Barbecue teams from throughout the region converged on The Park at Harlinsdale Farm on Saturday for The Great Americana Barbecue Festival.

Hosted by The Franklin BBQ Society and The Franklin Noon Rotary Club, the festival featured vendors, barbecue demonstrations and a Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned barbecue contest featuring 60 teams and trained, certified judges.

Attendees also judged the culinary prowess of the teams by selecting the “People’s Champion.”

Kansas City Barbecue Society Great Americana Barbecue Festival
Vendors celebrated the South and good eating at the Great Americana Barbecue Festival.

 

Great Americana Barbecue Festival Harlinsdale Farm
Barbecue teams traveled from throughout the region.
Great Americana Barbecue Festival Harlinsdale Farm
Competitive barbecue is a team sport.
Great Americana Barbecue Festival Harlinsdale Farm
The festival had an atmosphere of family fun.
Great Americana Barbecue Festival Harlinsdale Farm
Music played throughout the day at the Great Americana Barbecue Festival.
Great Americana Barbecue Festival
Overcast kept the heat down and made the festival great for relaxing.
Great Americana Barbecue Festival Harlinsdale Farm
The sprawling Park at Harlinsdale Farm calls for alternate transportation.
Great Americana Barbecue Festival Harlinsdale Farm
Trophies await the best barbecue teams, along with more than $8,000 in prize money.
Great Americana Barbecue Festival Harlinsdale Farm
Teams all bring their own rigs.
Great Americana Barbecue Festival Harlinsdale Farm
Another couple makes the rounds on wheels.
Great Americana Barbecue Festival Harlinsdale Farm
Smiles were abundant among patrons and competitors.
Harlinsdale Farm Great Americana Barbecue Festival
In addition to barbecue, there were spirits on site, including (legal) moonshine.
Great Americana Barbecue Festival Harlinsdale Farm
With all the varieties of barbecue, nobody left the festival unsatisfied.

 

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