29th Annual Hampton Bay Days Hosts Inaugural BBQ Challenge September 10, 2011

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This September 9-11, Hampton, Virginia will once again welcome an estimated 200,000 fun seekers and festival attendees to the 29th annual Hampton Bay Days. The free event, one of the largest family-friendly festivals on the entire east coast, will showcase music by national recording artists, an impressive fireworks display, and for the first time ever, the Inaugural Hampton Bay Days BBQ Challenge!

This September 9-11, Hampton, Virginia will once again welcome an estimated 200,000 fun seekers and festival attendees to the 29th annual Hampton Bay Days. The free event, one of the largest family-friendly festivals on the entire east coast, will showcase music by national recording artists, an impressive fireworks display, and for the first time ever, the Inaugural Hampton Bay Days BBQ Challenge!

The competition, governed by the rules of the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) and Hampton Bay Days, will take place on Saturday, September 10. Limited to 25 entries, each team participating will need to submit entries into four categories (to be considered for Grand Champion): beef brisket, pork ribs (loin or spare), pork (shoulder, butt, or picnic), and poultry. Set up will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 9, with the judging to begin at noon on Saturday, September 10. The awards ceremony will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 10.

AWARDS
Grand Champion                     $1,250 and Trophy
Reserve Grand Champion     $750 and Trophy
1st Place in each category     $300 and Trophy
2nd Place in each category     $200 and Trophy
3rd Place in each category     $125 and Trophy
4th Place in each category     $75 and Ribbon
5th Place in each category     $50 and Ribbon
*Prizes based on 25 entries

COST TO REGISTER
KCBS Member                      $250    
Non-KCBS Member          $275
*Entry fee due by August 31, 2011    

The Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and enjoying barbeque. It is the world's largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts with over 14,000 members worldwide. KCBS sanctions over 300 barbeque contests coast-to-coast throughout America. To become a member of KCBS, register online at http://www.kcbs.us/join.php. Cost is $35 for an individual US Member or $50 for a US Family.
For more information on the Inaugural Hampton Bay Days BBQ Challenge, including registration, email bbq(at)baydays(dot)com or check out http://www.baydays.com.

In 1982, Hampton Bay Days was created as a unique outlet to educate the public on the importance of the Chesapeake Bay in the Hampton Roads region, as well as the rest of Virginia and Maryland. The goal of the festival is to provide an entertaining atmosphere while ultimately serving the greater purpose of highlighting aspects of the bay and promoting its upkeep and preservation.

This year, the festival will take place September 9-11, 2011. About 200,000 people are expected to attend the 29th anniversary celebration in downtown Hampton. Activities include live musical entertainment, over 100 merchandise and craft vendors, a 30-minute fireworks display, bay education area, and more.

The Hampton Bay Days schedule is as follows:

Friday, September 9- Noon - 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 10- 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 11- Noon - 6:00 p.m.

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