Link Centre is sponsoring its fourth annual Don't Be Cruel BBQ Duel on March 14 and 15, 2014. This Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned competition and festival is free and open to the public. Teams and judges from 15 states will once again be spending the weekend before St. Patrick's Day in Tupelo. 100 professional teams will compete for more than $15,000 in prize money. Among these are many of the nation's top teams, including Johnny Trigg's Smokin' Triggers from Alvarado, Texas;Que'n Stew'n & Brew'n from Kennesaw, Georgia; Pellet Envy from Leawood, Kansas; Jiggy Piggy from Decatur, Alabama, Warren County Pork Choppers from Bowling Green, Kentucky, 2012 BBQ Duel Grand Champion Killer Hogs from Southaven, Mississippi, and 2013 BBQ Grand Champion Brew 'N' Bar-B-Que from Shawnee, Kansas.
Not competing? Bring your friends and family to Fairpark to eat, shop, and enjoy the entertainment. Visit arts and crafts and food vendors all weekend. BBQ plates will be on sale Friday and Saturday, beginning at 11am. Live entertainment begins at 10:30am both days. Scheduled to appear: Bob Ray, Full Throttle, Priscilla Barker, Tim Warren, Bonfire Orchestra, Spunk Monkees, Evan Adams, Jordan Mallory, Breedlove Band, Mink Brothers, and Greg Dillard Band. Miss 98 will broadcast live from Fairpark and host a Friday afternoon talent show. The People's Choice Judging Tent will open at 11am on Saturday for attendees to sample barbecue from different competition teams and vote for their favorite. Don't be late! People's Choice is only available while supplies last. Our children's area, with activities and demonstrations by Two Dragons Martial Arts, will be open 10am to 5pm Friday. They will be joined by Excel by 5, Tupelo Fire Department, and Healthworks! on Saturday, with a special St. Patrick's Day Children's Parade at 10am Saturday.
Want to know more about BBQ? Thanks to a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, Clark "Smoky" Hale will be at the Duel on Saturday, March 15, to make two presentations. "Southern Barbecue: America's Oldest Art Form" (10:30 a.m.), addresses the origin of barbecue, its history, and its growing popularity and "Grillin' with Smoky" (3:00 p.m.) will offer cooking tips interspersed with information about the "culture of barbecue." Films from the Southern Foodways Alliance BBQ Collection will be screened throughout the weekend. Both the films and the presentations will take place in the Tupelo City Hall Council Room (second floor).
For more information about this event, visit www.tupelobbqduel.com. The 2014 Don't Be Cruel BBQ Duel is sponsored by the Tupelo Quality of Life Committee, Budweiser, Gibens Creative Group, Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau, Mississippi Development Authority, and Miss 98, with additional support from dozens of other local and regional sponsors. Click here for printable version of this release.