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Pitmasters to compete at Lake Placid BBQ festival

July 3, 2014
By staff , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - It's time for low and slow at the Olympic Speedskating Oval this weekend as the I Love BBQ & Music Festival returns for its ninth year on Friday, July 4 through Sunday, July 6.

Known for gold medal wins in speedskating by Jack Shea and Irving Jaffee in 1932 and Eric Heiden in 1980, the Oval will be home to pitmasters this weekend who prefer to stay away from speedy cooking. Instead, they will barbecue their pork, chicken and beef on low heat for hours at a time in the hope of winning thousands of dollars worth of prizes.

As always, the festival benefits the Thomas Shipman Youth Center in Lake Placid. The center, just down the street from the Oval, is a not-for-profit organization providing support and programs for youth 10-18 years of age. The facility was inspired by the late Thomas Shipman, a Lake Placid police officer who dedicated his life to the area's youth. In the previous eight years of the event, nearly $150,000 has been raised for the youth center through the festival.

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Competitors serve up pulled pork at the 2013 I Love BBQ & Music Festival in Lake Placid.
(Photo β€” Jessica Collier)

The I Love BBQ Junior World Championships will be held Saturday, July 5. Paul Smith's College offers $20,000 in scholarship money for the medal winners in the junior world championships. Four-time and defending junior world champion Tiffany Londeen, of Eden Prairie, Minn., will bring her PepperQue team back to Lake Placid. She will be joined by several brothers.

The grand champion and New York state championship titles will be decided on Sunday, July 6. Team Diva Q, led by pit master Danielle Dimovski, is coming back for her third consecutive year to compete in Lake Placid. The 2011 Jack Daniels Barbecue World Champion (Best BBQ pork class) will try to win the Lake Placid Grand Championship.

All events are sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Organizers of the I Love Barbecue and Music Festival are offering $9,000 in prize money. The grand champion will take home $2,500. In addition, the junior world champions will receive $1,000 from the organizing committee, with a total of $4,000 distributed to the medal winners.

The KCBS has ranked the Lake Placid festival in its Top 20 nationwide.

USA Luge, the national governing body for the sport in the United States, helps support the organization of the annual event as a means of giving back to its home community.

The event will include live music, entertainment by the Krusher BMX Stunt Team, a children's bounce around area, face painting and a mechanical bull.

Daily admission is $6 for adults; children under 10 will be admitted free of charge.

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Friday, July 4

Noon - 10 p.m. - Gates open

Noon - 1 p.m. - Music Performance by Split Rock

1-3 p.m. - BBQ Teams Pulled Pork pay $3 and taste 2 oz. of Pulled Pork

2-3 p.m. - Music Performance by Dan Sauplaugh

3-4 p.m. - Music Performance by JT Cubbenah

4-5 p.m. - All Barbeque Teams competing in the High Peaks Ford Grilling Bash meeting and meat inspection with KCBS representatives Leslie and Don Lovely. (high school)

4-4:30 p.m. - ILBJWC Teams meet with ILBJWC Chairman Liz Defazio and Linda and Jerry Mullane (high school)

4-5 p.m. - Music performance Dana Barney/Mad Dog

5-6 p.m. - Music performance TBA

6-7 p.m. - Celebrity Judges for IBJWC meet with Liz Defazio and Linda and Jerry Mullane (high school)

6-7 p.m. - Music performance by Harbingers

6:30 p.m. - NEBS Grilling & BBQ Bash (NGBB) competitions begins (New England Barbecue Society Rules Applies)

6:30 p.m. - NGBB New York Strip Steak Turn in

7-7:20 p.m. - Performance by Krusher Stunt Team presented by Jagger Co.

7:20-8 p.m. - Music performance by Bill Foley and Blue Steel

7 p.m. - NGBB Chicken Turn in

7:30 p.m. - NGBB Fatty Turn in

8 p.m. - NGBB Pizza turn in

8:20-9 p.m. - Music performance by Fade to Blues

9-9:30 p.m. - Award Ceremonies for the NEBS Grilling Bash & BBQ and Peoples Choice Award BBQ Teams Pulled Pork Tasting

Saturday, July 5

11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Gates open

Noon - I Love Barbecue Junior World Championships competition begins

Noon - 12:30 p.m. Chicken turn in

Noon - 1 p.m. - Music performance by Cross Winds

Noon - 1 p.m. - Top Chef: Pitmaster Elliot Buckner (Buckner Brothers)

1-2 p.m. - Music performance by The West Road Rockets

1-1:30 p.m. - Ribs Turn In

1-3 p.m. - The Best Ribs in the East (In memory of Mike Grudzinskas) Peoples Choice Award. Pay $3 get two ribs.

1-2 p.m. - Top Chef: Pit Mater Sean Keever (Big Guns BBQ)

2 p.m. - Krusher Stunt Team training on the Oval

2:20-3 p.m. - Music performance by Sven Curth

2-2:30 p.m. - Steak Turn In

2-3 p.m. - Top Chef - TBA

3-3:30 p.m. - Dessert Turn In

3-4 p.m. - Top Chef - Pit Master Andy King The Bastey Boys Brigade

3:20-4 p.m. - Music performance by Medicine King

4-5 p.m. - Top Chef - TBA

4:20-5 p.m. - Music performance Zombie Frogs

4:30 p.m. - Youth Division Chicken turn In

4:30-5:30 p.m. - Desperados Barbecue & Hot Sauce Competition in memory of Jimmy and Jeremy Quinn

4:30-5 p.m. - Youth Division

5-6 p.m. - Top Chef - TBA

5 p.m. - Youth Division Rib Turn In

5:20-6 p.m. - Music performance by Andrew, Derek and Gordy

5:30 p.m. - Youth Division Steak Turn In

6-6:20 p.m. - Performance by Krusher Stunt Team presented by Jagger Co.

6-7 p.m. - Top Chef: Pit Master - Tom Foley Adirondack Outdoor Cookery

6 p.m. - Youth Division Dessert Turn

6:20-7 p.m. - Music performance by Third Shift

6:30 p.m. - All teams participating in KCBS Competition meet with Leslie and Don Lovely (high school)

7-8 p.m. - Top Chef - TBA

7:20-8 p.m. - Music performance by Lost Dog

8 p.m. - I Love Barbecue Junior Word Championship, Best Ribs in the East, Desperados Barbecue & Hot Sauce Competition Award Ceremonies.

8:20-9 p.m. - Music - TBA

Sunday, July 6

10 a.m. - Judges sign up for KCBS contest in high school

11 a.m. - Judges meeting for KCBS contest in high school

11 a.m. - Gates open

Noon - Music - TBA

Noon - Chicken Turn In

Noon - KCBS sanctioned event begins

12:30 p.m. - Ribs Turn In

1:20-2 p.m. - Music performance by Pat Duffy

1 p.m. - Pork Butt/Shoulder Turn In

1-1:20 p.m. - Krusher Stunt Team performance, presented by Jagger Co.

1:30 p.m. - Beef Brisket Turn In

2:20-3 p.m. - Music performance by Spring Street

3:20-4 p.m. - Music performance by Lowell Bailey

4:20-5 p.m. - Music performance by Texas Subumbrella Carrots

5 p.m. - Award ceremonies. Top Chef Competition sponsored by Milano North, Restaurant in memory of Pit Master and Friend of ILBBQF Nancee Gel, ILBBQF Grand Champion & New York State Champion prize money $9,000.

6 p.m. - ILBBQF event is over but gates to remain open for food sales



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