AV Bar-B-Que Battle returns this weekend | Local
The eighth annual Arcadia Valley Bar-B-Que battle returns Friday and Saturday to the grounds of the Iron County Courthouse in Ironton with more contestants and live music than ever before.
Team registration for the St. Louis BBQ Society event closed last week. There would be over 40 teams registered for the weekend to compete in the following categories: chicken, pork ribs, pork and beef brisket
Teams will compete for trophies and $ 7,500 in cash payouts for Grand Champions and Reserve Champions. In addition to the trophy and cash prize, the Grand Champion will receive a Super Bowl-sized ring and an invitation to the American Royal in Kansas City.
As always, a lot of people will come to the “Battle” to listen to free music from the big bands that the event brings on stage every year. Mark “Memphis” Earnest and Nathan Williams were in charge of booking musicians for the weekend.
“We have a great lineup this year and we’ve kept it pretty local,” he said. “Friday night, starting at 7pm, we have Hickory Smoke, which features Nick Browers and a few of his family. These guys are great musicians and they’re local. They’re going to do a great show with a lot of southern rock. .
“My band, Memphis and the Backsliders, will be on stage at 9:00 pm. We feature local musicians from Farmington and St. Louis. You’ll hear everything from David Bowie to Pearl Jam – a great lineup of ’70s music, 80s and 90s.