This weekend marks the official start of summer. As the weather continues to heat up, so will the competition at this year's Battle of the Bones.
The competition, officially sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society, takes place from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 20, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at Twin Creeks Park, 555 Twin Creeks Crossing Loop, Central Point.
4 to 6:15 p.m.
6:45 to 9 p.m.
Brothers in Country
11:20 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. The Seaons
1:40 to 3:40 p.m. Muskadine Blues Quartet
4 to 6 p.m.
TC & The Reactions
7 to 9 p.m.
Ben Rice Band
With a $10,000 prize and a chance to compete in the American Royal and Jack Daniels BBQ invitational competitions on the line, the 16 teams at this year's Battle of the Bones will surely be pulling out all the stops to provide the best meat in the categories of brisket, ribs, chicken and pork.
While certain meats were once relegated to specific days at the competition, the teams at this year's event choose what they will provide to the public.
"That opens it up to a lot of fun and interesting things," says Sarah Garceau, special events and marketing coordinator for Central Point's Parks and Recreation Department. "One team is going to be serving 'moinks,' which are bacon-wrapped meatballs."
Prizes will be awarded at 6 p.m. Saturday to the top six in each meat-specific category, the top three for People's Choice and the top three overall. Taste tickets cost $1.25 each or 10 for $10.
In addition to the main competition, many craft breweries and wineries will be competing for bragging rights with their own People's Choice competition.
"We'll have about 25 local wines and 25 to 30 beers at the site," Garceau says. "For the beer, we're working with Columbia Distribution to get some unique, summery beers and beers you don't normally see on tap at the local bars."
Taste tickets cost $10 each and include a souvenir glass and 16 2-ounce tastes of beer or 10 1-ounce tastes of wine.
Central Point Bobbio's Pizza will present two eating competitions at 6:15 p.m. Friday. Kids 6 to 14 will eat cheese pizza, while competitors 14 and older will eat fiery chicken wings for prizes. Kids' prizes include an inflatable hammer, a free, family-size pizza at Central Point Bobbio's and the winner's picture on the Battle of the Bones website. Adult competition prizes include tickets to Rogue Jet Boat Adventures, Battle of the Bones taste tickets and the winner's picture on the Battle of the Bones website. The cost is $5 for the pizza competition and $10 for the chicken wings competition.
The event also features many other noncompetitive activities and vendor booths at Twin Creeks Park.
Kids can enjoy such free activities as an inflatable obstacle course, a giant slide, corn hole, Giant Connect 4 and more. Kids also can see animals from Wildlife Images from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.
There will be live music from Buckle Rash and Brothers in Country on Friday, and The Seaons, Muskadine Blues Quartet, TC & The Reactions and the Ben Rice Band will perform on Saturday.
All proceeds from the weekend's festivities will benefit the Central Point Parks and Recreation Foundation. See www.battleofthebones.com for a schedule of events and more information.