The 3rd Annual Jefferson County BBQ Festival has been scheduled for Saturday, November 11th. This year, it will be in Monticello at the Downtown Club ( behind Rancho Grande ).
Besides the famous BBQ and Pie Baking Contests, the festival will have hay rides and a greased pig chase for children! There will be a beer garden with college football games on, including the FSU vs. Clemson game. Other culinary contests include Bakers Contests for Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie, Fruit Pies and Pound Cake. And don’t forget the Corn Hole Tournaments!
Attendees will be entertained by Baby Gray, a funky, rocking, soulful, bluesy, country pop band with Michelle Milligan and Bobby Kennedy.
The most notable of all contests, the BBQ Contest will challenge participants to cook chicken, ribs and pork butt. They will be judged based on three criteria: presentation, tenderness and taste. A winner will be designated in each category, as well as a grand champion for all three categories. The purse for the event will be $2,000 as well as a one-of-a-kind trophy. Details, contest rules and the entry form are at BBQ Contest Entry Form.
There is also a People’s Choice Contest where each cooking team will be given an 8-10 pound Boston Butt. Cook and return the meat in containers we provide to you. Festival goers will be given ballots so they can vote for their favorites. Awards will be given to the winners at the Awards Ceremony at 7PM on Saturday. Get the details and rules, and fill in the entry form at the People’s Choice Entry Form page.
The Bakers Contest is where you break out those secret, family recipes for Pound Cake, Pecan Pie, Fruit Pies and Pumpkin Pie. There is a 50/50 cash prize, so encourage your friends to participate! Fill in the online entry form at the Bakers Contest Entry Form page.
And no southern gathering would be complete with a Cornhole Tournament! The Tournament starts at 7 PM, and there are cash prizes! First place – $100 and $50 for second place. Get the rules and fill in the entry form at the Cornhole Tournament Entry Form page.
Deadline for entry for all contests is Friday, November 3rd.
Arts & Crafts Vendors and Food Vendors are welcome. Chamber members have the opportunity to have a booth space free if registered by October 21, 2017. You can find details and rules, and fill in the entry forms by clicking the following links.