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Ag School and Union to Host BBQ Contest at WIU Sept. 15
Illinois Ag Connection - 09/13/2018

As part of Family Day at Western Illinois University, the School of Agriculture and the University Union Board will host the inaugural Food, Family, Farming, Football BBQ Competition Sept. 15 to kick off the 2018 Leatherneck football season.

The event will be held during tailgating in Q-Lot, from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

The event is a ribs and brisket competition for teams using a wood, charcoal, electric or propane smoker. Guests may purchase tasting tickets to sample ribs and brisket and vote for their favorite.

A "People's Choice" category will also be available for competitors to cook their own specialty items. A panel of judges will also select the grand prizes in a variety of categories.

Tasting tickets will be sold for $3 each, or two for $5. Tickets to the Leatherneck football game against the Montana Grizzlies, which begins at 3 p.m., are available for $10 each, as well as t-shirts for $10. Discounted family packages, including t-shirts and tasting and game tickets, are also available. Tickets and T-shirts can be picked up between 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, outside the Office of Student Activities in the University Union.

"We feel that there is no better way to kick off the Leatherneck football season than with an event of this size", said Agriculture Instructor Jana Knupp, co-organizer of the event. "This will be a great day celebrating agriculture and the Leatherneck families that make Western Illinois University a place we are proud to call home."

In addition to the BBQ competition, there will be entertainment for all ages. The Rockn' Papas will be on stage to entertain the crowd and there will be face painting, lawn games, Kona ice and activities for children.

The event is sponsored by Smithfield Foods, the Hancock County Beef Association, Compeer Financial and Refreshment Services Pepsi.

For more information about the event, email pigout@wiu.edu. To purchase tickets, or to register a team, visit wiu.edu/cbt/agriculture/football/.

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