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Rain dampens Lake Placid BBQ fest

Ottawa team takes home top KCBS prize

July 13, 2017
By JUSTIN A. LEVINE and ANDY FLYNN - Staff Writer and Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - A soggy Friday night, July 7, at the Olympic Speedskating Oval led organizers of the I Love BBQ and Music Festival to believe they wouldn't raise as much money for the Shipman Youth Center this year, but that didn't dampen their enthusiasm.

Dmitry Feld, who organizes the festival each year, said ticket sales were down Friday as heavy showers kept people away from the largely outdoor event that usually raises more than $20,000 for the youth center.

But Feld said the event is still a big draw for locals and tourists alike, and keeps expanding its vendor and competitor numbers each year.

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Gordy and Anne Sheer of Lake Placid put some different sauces on their barbecue Sunday, July 9 at the I Love BBQ and Music Festival at the Olympic Speedskating Oval.
(News photo — Justin A. Levine)

Feld said Sunday, July 9 that there were more than 40 competitors at this year's festival, which is a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event. He also said that about 10 of them came down from Canada.

"The number of the barbecue teams is a record, 41 teams," Feld said. "But the monsoon rain basically killed us on Friday. So unfortunately, that will not help us to raise needed money for the Shipman Youth Center."

Feld said the youth center gets the proceeds of all ticket sales.

"But it's not going to stop us from doing this again next year," he said. "We'll see how we end up, but it's not going to be our usual amount."

Feld said the money is used as a sort of rainy-day fund for the youth center and has also been used in the past to pay for group trips to places like New York City.

He talked at length about the outpouring of volunteers, noting that it takes about 60 people working each day for the festival to be a success.

"It feels like summer. This is a summer, community event," he said. "Originally when I had the idea for this, it was all barbecue competition.

"So while it's a very important event for the Kansas City Barbecue Society competition, it's also very important that everyone can come and have a place where kids can hang out (too)."

The barbecue festival this year featured sauce competitions, plenty of food, BMX bike shows, bouncy houses and a dip tank for the kids, and live local music all weekend.


KCBS results

The Pistol Packin' Piggies team from Ottawa, Ontario, was the grand champion in this year's I Love BBQ and Music Festival's KCBS contest, which was held Sunday, July 9. Black Hart BBQ of Palmyra, New York, took second place, while Smokin' Hoggz BBQ of Abington, Massachusetts, placed third in a field of 40 competitors.

During the KCBS event, teams compete in four categories: chicken, pork ribs, pulled pork and beef brisket. There are winners for each category, and the grand champion is the team with the most amount of points for all four categories.

In chicken, the winners were Black Hart BBQ, first; Good Smoke BBQ, second; and Rhode Hog BBQ, third.

In pork ribs, the winners were Good Smoke BBQ, first; The Basic BBQ Team, second; and Bovine Mafia, third.

In pulled pork, the winners were Smokin' Hoggz BBQ, first; Paddy McQ's, second; and The Basic BBQ Team, third.

In beef brisket, the winners were Insane Swine BBQ, first; Pistol Packin' Piggies, second; and Smokin Aces, third.


NEBS results

Prestige Worldwide of Wichita, Kansas, took home the top prize during the New England Barbecue Society's Grilling & BBQ Bash, which was held Friday, July 7 at the I Love BBQ and Music Festival. A Mazie Q of Concord, New Hampshire, took second place, while Steve's Prime BBQ of Mansfield, Massachusetts, took third in a field of 14 competitors.

During the NEBS event, teams compete in four grilling categories: New York strip steak, pizza, sausage fatty and chicken. There are winners for each category, and the grand champion is the team with the most amount of points for all four categories.

In New York strip steak, the winners were Buckner Brothers BBQ, first; A Mazie Q, second; and Behind BBQ, third.

In pizza, the winners were Prestige Worldwide, first; Boar-N-Q, second; and Steve's Prime BBQ, third.

In sausage fatty, the winners were Boo Boo Qued, first; Prestige Worldwide, second; and Behind BBQ, third.

In chicken, the winners were A Mazie Q, first; Buckner Brothers BBQ, second; and Boo Boo Qued, third.



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