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High on the hog

Meat lovers ready for Lake Placid BBQ festival

July 6, 2017
By ANDY FLYNN - Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - With the 12th Annual I Love BBQ and Music Festival being held on the Olympic Speedskating Oval - where Eric Heiden won five gold medals for the U.S. during the 1980 Winter Olympics - you may find the some of the fastest rib eaters in the East as they devour barbecue pork during The Best Ribs in the East contest.

The rib contest, open to all teams competing during the July 7-9 festival, will be held on the first two days, from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Pay $3 for two ribs and vote for your favorites. The top vote-getter each day will receive the People's Choice Award. Although a number of vendors offer summertime barbecue fare at the festival, over the years there has been an increasing demand from the public to taste the products from the teams. This is their opportunity to mingle with the teams and eat their fare.

The I Love BBQ and Music Festival is the primary annual fundraiser for the Shipman Youth Center in Lake Placid, located just down the street from the Oval. About $230,000 has been raised thus far for youth programs since the inception of the festival. The namesake of the Shipman Youth Center, former Lake Placid police officer Thomas Shipman, created this facility.

Article Photos

A couple enjoys some of the 'Best Ribs in the East' during the 2016 I Love BBQ and Music Festival.
(News photo — Andy Flynn)

Event organizer Dmitry Feld marketing manager for USA Luge and board member for the Shipman Youth Center, tweaks the festival each year. The Winter Olympic federation, based in Lake Placid, organizes the annual event.

The festival merges a worthy cause, great eats, barbecue competition, the region's top musicians and some of the most radical BMX exhibitions allowed by law.

All told, the festival has received kudos from the Kansas City Barbeque Society,, Rachel Ray and an eighth-place finish last summer in USA Today's 10Best BBQ Festivals.

Daily admission is $6, with youngsters under 10 admitted free of charge. The festival is alcohol and tobacco-free.

Organizers will offer special invitations to members of the military, past and present, and their families to attend this event free of charge with military identification.

In addition, the I Love BBQ and Music Festival and the I Love New York Horse Show have partnered to offer reciprocal admission. Anyone holding a pass to one of these events will receive complimentary admission to the other.

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Friday, July 7

11 a.m. - Gates open

12-12:10 p.m. - National anthem, followed by antique car and motorcycle parade

1-3 p.m. - The Best Ribs in the East Contest, People's Choice Award. Pay $3 for two ribs.

1-2 p.m. - Music by Pat Duffy 2-3 p.m. - Music by Folk Faces

3-4 p.m. - Music by Mad Dog

4-5 p.m. - Music by Ausable Branch

5-6 p.m. - Music by Tim Howl

6-7 p.m. - Music by Third Shift

6:30 p.m. - New England Barbecue Society Grilling & BBQ Bash competitions begins

7-7:20 p.m. - BMX bikes Krusher Stunt Team

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

9 p.m. Award ceremonies for the NEBS Grilling Bash & BBQ and People's Choice Award for The Best Ribs in the East

9 p.m. - Gates close


Saturday, July 8

11 a.m. - Gates open

12-1 p.m. - Music by Crosswinds Jam Band

12-1 p.m. - Top Chef: Pit Master Elliot Buckner, Buckner Brothers

1-2 p.m. - Music by Broken Arrow Hearts

1-3 p.m. - The Best Ribs in the East, People's Choice Award (in memory of Mike Grudzinskas). Pay $3 for two ribs.

1-2 p.m. - Price Chopper Top Chef: Pit Master Kim Perry, Behind BBQ

2-2:20 p.m. - BMX bikes Krusher Stunt Team show

2:20-3 p.m. - Music by Michael Louis

2:30-3:30 p.m. - Price Chopper Top Chef: Pit Master Jerry Kahil, General Joe's BBQ

4:30-5:30 p.m. - Price Chopper Top Chef: Pit Master Cameron Symonds, Steve's Prime BBQ

3:20-4 p.m. - Music by Dan Mason

4:20-5 p.m. - Music by Plattsburgh Home Team

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

5-6 p.m. - Price Chopper Top Chef: TBA

5:20-6 p.m. - Music Fade to Blues

6:20-7 p.m. - Music by Spring Street

7-7:20 p.m. - BMX bikes Krusher Stunt Team show

7:20-8 p.m. - Music by Larry Stone

8:30 p.m. - Award Ceremonies The Best Ribs in the East Day 2, Quinn Family Barbecue & Hot Sauce Competition, Price Chopper Top Chef, The Best Ribs in the East overall title.

9 p.m. - Gates close


Sunday, July 9

11 a.m. - Gates open

12 p.m. - KCBS sanctioned competition begins

1-1:20 p.m. - BMX bikes Krusher Stunt Team show

1:20-3 p.m. - Music by All Without Bass

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

3:20-4 p.m. - Music by Movin' On

4 p.m. - Award ceremonies and $10,000 raffle drawing, ILBBQF Grand Champion & NY Champion

5 p.m. ILBBQF event concludes.



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