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Great American BBQ Festival By The Numbers

April 24, 2009
0 - Cost of admission dollars for children under 12

1 - International ranking of the Great American BBQ in terms of size as a culinary festival

3 - Pounds of BBQ ribs consumed in the Daniels BBQ World Championship competitive eating contest, within 7 minutes

4 - Required types of meat to be turned in for qualification (chicken, pork butt,pork ribs and brisket) in the contest

5 - Years since it’s inaugural opening

6 - Tribute bands from the 60’s to the 90’s to play, on Sunday

10 - Dollars admission fee per day for adults. Children under 12 admitted free

15 - Value in dollars of the weekend wristband for the Festival

19 - Regional bands to play, during the 3 day event, on the Mainstage

35 - Rides and attractions at the expanded KidZone

40 - Acres of free public parking

50 - Acres of Festival grounds

60 - Children competing in the “Kidz Que” competitions on Saturday and Sunday

200 - Types of “Food on a Stick”, to be served up by our vendors

273 - Competition BBQ teams from around the country

350 - Certified Judges to be sworn in to given the task of conciliating the carnivorous

4,000 - Pounds of free BBQ to be given away at the “Peoples Choice” Sampling tent

5,000 - Pounds of Grade A chicken expected to be cooked

25,000 - Pounds of prime beef to be smoked

35,000 - Pounds of pork expected to be cooked

50,000 - Participants and attendees expected to attend this year

60,000 - Gallons of beer expected to be consumed

70,000 - Dollars in prize money to be awarded

150,000 - Chinet paper plates to be overloaded

300,000 - Wet naps used to smear sauce off of culinary connoisseurs

Capital Federal Park at Sandstone, in Bonner Springs

Friday May 22nd: Public gates open Noon--10PM
Saturday May 23rd:Public gates open 10AM-10PM
Sunday May 24th: Public gates open 11AM-9PM

About the Great American Barbecue:
The Great American Barbecue is a fundraiser for the 25-to-1 Fund, a 501 (c)(3) organization affiliated with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. Net proceeds from the event will go to Fox 4 Love Fund, Guadalupe Center, Boys and Girls Club of Wyandotte County, Kookers Kare, Wyandotte County Park Foundation, and St. Mary’s Food Kitchen of Kansas City, KS..For more details and ticket information, go to: www.thinkbbq.com.
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