Hey You, Head Downtown!

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The EffingHAM-JAM BBQ Competition is here!

Come downtown tonight for the Hometown Throwdown, which will include an amateur local BBQ competition, live music, wine and beer tasting and more! The amateur BBQ competition cooking has already begun! Judging will take place for the competition at 5:00 p.m., and you’ll be able to enjoy a public food tasting starting at 5:30 p.m. Try out the chicken wings, beef brisket and pork chops from all five teams, and vote for your favorites! Don’t forget to stay for the live music by Kilborn Alley from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by CeCe and the Bandits from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Head back tomorrow to enjoy watching the pros compete in the official Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) BBQ state championship competition! The sanctioned event will take place from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. with a $6,000 prize purse. Judging will be located at Joe’s Pizza, and the awards ceremony will take place at 5:00 p.m. An information booth will be available to patrons all day with answers to any questions about the event.

You can also enter the cornhole tournament, sponsored by Scrubby’s Pub to benefit the Effingham Performance Center. Watch the Dairy Queen ice cream-eating contest and Power Wheels Demo Derby, for ages 3-9, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Local youth organizations will have food booths set up from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

While you’re there, enjoy live music all day! FACE Orchestra will perform from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., Stew-Stras High School Band will perform 1:00 to 1:30 p.m., Teutopolis High School Jazz Band will perform from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m. and Garrett Biggs will perform from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

If you’re in the Effingham area this weekend, check out the EffingHAM-JAM BBQ Competition for some great times filled with food, drinks, music, games and all that downtown has to offer. We’ll see you there!

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