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Organizers Ready For 19th Annual BBQ On The River

Preparations for Paducah’s 19th annual Barbeque on the River festival are already under way. The three-day festival will feature live music, games for kids and, of course, over 90,000 pounds of smoked meat from competing vendors. But plans are in the works to include a new contest category that would allow casual barbequers to compete. Festival Director David Boggs said the decision to include the “In Your Backyard Pig Cook-Off” was a logistical necessity.

“We’ve had so many folks that have wanted to participate in Barbeque On The River and just don’t have the time that it takes to put in to our festival," said Boggs. "So it’s just an opportunity for folks who want to get involved in some way but really don’t have the full week to commit to this and get involved in Barbeque On The River.”

Boggs said the guidelines for the 30 amateur participants will differ from those for professional vendors as all meat will be cooked off-site and not served to the public. Boggs said he hopes this competition will attract even greater turnout in years to come. Over 40,000 people attend the festival each year which runs September 26-28 in downtown Paducah.  

Rob Canning is a native of Murray, KY, a 2015 TV Production grad of Murray State. At MSU, he served as team captain of the Murray State Rowing Club. Rob's goal is to become a screenwriter, film director or producer and looks to the likes of Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie for inspiration. He appreciates good music, mainly favoring British rock n' roll, and approves of anything with Jack White's name on it. When not studying, rowing or writing, Rob enjoys spending his free time with a book or guitar.
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