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Smokin' begins Friday
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The third annual Smokin’ in McMinnville begins today when 40 professional teams roll in and McMinnville Civic Center transforms into BBQ central.
Warren County Chamber of Commerce and the city of McMinnville have collaborated to bring the Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned event. The competition draws professional teams from all over the United States.
KCBS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and enjoying BBQ. It is the world’s largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts with over 10,000 members worldwide.
“McMinnville has long appreciated large public events that bring people into town to enjoy good food, fellowship and entertainment,” said event organizer Martha Pierce. “Smokin’ in McMinnville promises to be no different but at the same time provides the type of event offering fun for all ages.”
On Friday, the professional teams will roll into McMinnville and set up their smokers on the west parking lot of the Civic Center, while teams in the Backyard and Best of the Butts contests also set up.
Judging for Best of the Butts, which is a winner-take-all charity competition for $1,000, will be held Friday night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The community will be selecting the winner after paying $5 to taste the samples. Arrive early and cast a vote.
Judging for the professional teams and backyard grillers will be by specially trained and certified KCBS judges. Professional teams will compete in chicken, ribs, pork and brisket, while back yard teams will compete in chicken and/ or ribs.
Backyard competitors include local teams of Captains Q with Mark Hale, Security Federal with Michael Griffith, and Stuff N’ Thangs with Randal Gilliam, as well as several teams not from Warren County.
Gilley Pool will be open Friday and Saturday. Special games, children’s play zone, inflatables, a wide array of vendors and nightly concerts will also be available. Taking the stage on Friday night from 7-9 p.m. will be the band Utopia, with Craig Morrison closing out the festival on Saturday night from 7-9 p.m.
 For more information, call the Chamber at 473-6611 or visit www.smokininmcminnville.com.