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2010 Great American BBQ Tour Schedule Announced

February 5, 2010
Of the thousands of barbeque competitions and festivals across the country, only 25 are selected for the Kansas City Barbeque Society's Great American BBQ Tour. And this year, we're proud to announce 11 new stops on the cross-country excursion that has enjoyed growing success as it enters its third year.

"The Great American BBQ Tour has seen tremendous success in its first two years, and we're thrilled to continue the program into 2010," said Carolyn Wells, executive director of KCBS. "The Tour provides us with an opportunity to see even more barbeque enthusiasts as we spread the word about ‘America's Cuisine.' Thanks to our national partners (KC Masterpiece, Kingsford, Master of Mixes, SCOTT and Weber Seasonings), the Tour will hit venues that will total more than 3 million attendees."

Many state barbeque championships remain on the tour schedule, as do traditional competitions like the American Royal and Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational. The new tour stops range from the large (Wisconsin State Fair) to the more intimate (Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off in Murphysboro, Ill.).

We look forward to seeing you on the BBQ trail!

The official tour stops include:

4/9 - 4/10 Newport Pig Cookin' Contest Newport, N.C.
4/16 - 4/17 Rock'n Ribs BBQ Festival Springfield, Mo.
4/23 - 4/24 Stagecoach Music Festival BBQ Championship Indio, Calif.
5/7 - 5/8 Bixby BBQ 'N Music Festival Bixby, Okla.
5/13 - 5/15 Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Memphis, Tenn.
5/21 - 5/22 Great American Barbecue Festival Kansas City, Kan.
6/11 - 6/12  South Central Kansas Masters BBQ Championship Wichita, Kan.
6/18 - 6/19 Smokin' on the River Jeffersonville, Ind.
6/26 - 6/27 Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle XVIII Washington, D.C.
7/1 - 7/4 Naperville Exchange Club's RIBFEST Naperville, Ill.
7/9 - 7/10 New Jersey State Barbecue Championship North Wildwood, N.J.
7/16 - 7/17 6th Annual U.P. Hog Wild Kingsford, Mich.
7/23 - 7/25 Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest Columbus, Ohio
8/5 - 8/8 Wisconsin State Fair West Allis, Wisc.
8/13 - 8/14 Mountain High BBQ & Music Festival Franklin, N.C.
8/20 - 8/21 Pepsi Wyoming State BBQ Championship & Bluegrass Festival Worland, Wyo.
8/27 - 8/29 Oregon State Fair Salem, Ore.
9/1 - 9/6 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off Sparks, Nev.
9/10 - 9/11 Colorado Pork and Hops Challenge Grand Junction, Colo.
9/17 - 9/18 Oaklawn Park AR Barbecue Championship Hot Springs, Ark.
9/24 - 9/25 Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off Murphysboro, Ill.
10/1 - 10/3 31st Annual American Royal Barbecue Kansas City, Mo.
10/8 - 10/9 Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down Rocky Mount, N.C.
10/15 - 10/16 Cherokee Pignic Canton, Ga.
10/22 - 10/23 Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue Lynchburg, Tenn.

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