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BBQ fest heats up Oval this weekend

July 2, 2015
By ANDY FLYNN - Editor (aflynn@lakeplacidnews.com) , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - The 10th annual I Love Barbecue and Music Festival - set for Friday, July 3 to Sunday, July 5 at the Olympic Speedskating Oval - promises friendly competition, music, children's activities and a whole lot of smoked meat.

It's a time to celebrate the nation's birth while enjoying a good old fashioned American barbecue.

"We have the 2010 Jack Daniels barbecue champion coming, a barbecue team called QUAU," festival organizer Dmitry Feld said of Mike and Beth Wozniak, of Brimfield, Illinois. "Also, he won team of the year for the Kansas City Barbecue Society."

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Andy King of the Bastey Boys Barbecue Brigade takes his ribs out of the smoker during the 2014 I Love BBQ and Music Festival.
(News photo — Andy Flynn)

That was in 2010, and there were 5,114 teams in the competition. Since then, the Wozniaks are consistently ranked among the top teams in the overall competition for the KCBS team of the year: 25th place in 2014; fifth in 2013; seventh in 2012; and fifth in 2011. Last year, they took second place in brisket, 17th in chicken, 11th in pork and 14th in ribs.

The I Love Barbecue and Music Festival benefits the Shipman Youth Center, a nonprofit 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 youngsters.

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. Feld is both the president of the Shipman Youth Center board and the marketing manager for USA Luge.

"For the last nine years, the I Love Barbecue and Music Festival has brought to Lake Placid over 300 barbecue teams from United States, Canada and Europe," Feld said. "We have attracted over 50,000 visitors. And in the previous nine years, thanks to undying support from our volunteers, we're proud to say that we've raised over $180,000 for the Shipman Youth Center."

Daily admission is $5 for adults; children under 10 will be admitted free of charge. For the first time, the I Love BBQ and Music Festival and the I Love New York Horse Show will participate in reciprocal agreements, effective July 3-5. Ticket holders for one of those events during those days can gain entry to the other.

The festival will include competitions for adults and three youth age groups, including the New England Barbecue Society contest on Friday, I Love BBQ Junior World Championships on Saturday and Grand Champion and New York State Championship titles on Sunday. These events are sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.

Delish.com has ranked the I Love BBQ and Music Festival among its top 10 barbecue-themed events and festivals in the country. In addition, the KCBS has ranked the Lake Placid festival in its Top 20 nationwide.

Festival patrons can sample the many barbecue delicacies during the weekend. There will be a pulled pork tasting event on July 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. for $3 per person. A $3 rib fest, where the general public can sample the best ribs in the East, will be offered on July 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. It was formerly known as buck-a-rib, and is held in memory of former festival competitor Mike Grudzinskas.

Milano North will sponsor the Top Chef competition on July 4, all day, beginning at noon. This event, featuring local chefs and pitmasters, will enable patrons to view a food demo, with tasting to follow. The Top Chef event is dedicated to the memory of former competitor and Lake Placid Grand Champion Nancee Gell.

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Music

The music lineup for the I Love BBQ and Music Festival will be filled with bands from around the Olympic Region. The stage is set up under the music tent, where visitors can sit, eat barbecue and listen to concerts at the festival's headquarters on the Olympic Speedskating Oval in front of the Lake Placid Middle/High School.

Friday

Noon - Lowell Bailey or George Kilby Jr.

1 p.m. - Sven Curth

2 p.m. - John "Mad Dog" Marino

3 p.m. - Spring Street

4 p.m. - White Noise

5 p.m. - Thomas & Co.

6:20 p.m. - Caesar's Ghost

Saturday

Noon - Pat Duffy

1 p.m. - Lucky Cerruti

2:20 p.m. - Crowfeather

3:20 p.m. - John Doan

4:20 p.m. - Larry Stone

5:20 p.m. - West Road Rockers

6:20 p.m. - Dana Barney and Vince duBois

Sunday

Noon - Eric Granger

1 p.m. - Bill Foley & Blue Steel

2 p.m. Fade to Blues

3 p.m. - Loud and Stupid

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Kids' competition

The I Love BBQ and Music Festival will be adding another age category to its competition - Kids in the Kitchen - to help develop pitmasters of the future.

Kids in the Kitchen is for boys and girls age 6 to 11, and they will be competing in two categories: Hot Diggity Dog and Go for the Gold Salad. They will join two other student divisions for the I Love Barbecue Junior World Championships: Youth (ages 12-15) and Junior (ages 16-21).

Paul Smith's College is offering $20,000 in scholarships for overall winners in the Junior division.

All the youth competitions are being held on Saturday. The kids must turn in their hot dogs by 3:30 p.m. and salads by 4 p.m. The turn-in times for all Youth and Junior categories will begin after 4 p.m., and the winners will be announced at 7 p.m.

Kids in the Kitchen (ages 6-11): In the Hot Diggity Dog competition, kids will be supplied six hot dogs by the contest organizer for them to cook on the grill. The hot dogs will be judged by overall taste, creativity and how well the chef followed the rules of the theme, which is "Olympics" this year. Four hot dogs may be presented whole or in pieces to the judges.

In the Go for the Gold Salad, entries will be judged by overall taste, creativity and visual appearance. Youth (ages 12-15): The youth division of the I Love Barbecue Junior World Championships is open to competitors individually or as teams.

The four Youth division categories are chicken, including Cornish game hen and kosher chicken; pork ribs, which must include the bone (country style ribs prohibited); beef steak, including New York strip, Kansas City strip, strip loin, shell stake or Delmonico steak; and dessert, which must be cooked and assembled on site.

Junior (ages 16-21): The main division of the I Love Barbecue Junior World Championships is open to ages 16-21 individually or as teams.

The four Junior division categories are chicken, including Cornish game hen and kosher chicken; pork ribs, which must include the bone (country style ribs prohibited); beef steak, including New York strip, Kansas City strip, strip loin, shell steak or Delmonico steak; and dessert, which must be cooked and assembled on site.

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Kids' activities

The I Love BBQ and Music Festival organizers go to extra lengths to make sure the event is kid-friendly.

In addition to the food and live music, there will be a children's bounce-around area, face painting, coconut climbing trees and Dynomite, a mechanical bull.

Entertainment will also come in the form of the Krusher BMX Stunt Team, with its high-energy BMX bike and in-line skating exhibitions, all three days.

New this year will be an FMX exhibition, with motocross riders executing a series of acrobatic maneuvers and launching 30 feet into the air over a span of 100 feet. Their show will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday.

For more information about the festival, including entry forms and rules for the competitions, visit online at www.ilbbqf.com.

 
 
 

 

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