The International Bar-B-Q Festival was created in May 1978 to celebrate the long-standing reputation and claim-to-fame for "Good Ole Daviess County Bar-B-Q" and to provide a forum for local charitable organizations to raise funds to support their causes. The competition is fierce and the flavors rich as local cooking teams produce the best that their secret recipes have to offer in an effort to win the Governor’s Cup, the prize awarded to the best overall Bar-B-Q cooking team. Festivalgoers can experience the true meaning of Bar-B-Q at the Mutton Glutton Party with bar-b-q sandwiches on Friday and then on Saturday where they can sample mutton, chickens and burgoo prepared by the cooking teams fresh from the pits. Even backyard grill masters get lean and mean during The Backyard Cook-Off competition, preparing delectable treats to share with festival attendees.
The International Bar-B-Q Festival serves up non-stop entertainment that is sure to please all ages. Stages provide a venue for performances featuring a variety of music and dancing that highlight local, regional and national talent. Our Official Festival Plaza Entertainment Area will offer seating and eating areas, adult and regular beverages, and free entertainment on both Friday and Saturday. Other entertainment can be enjoyed throughout the Festival.
Face painting, pie-eating contests and the Festival’s Family Pavilion provide fun for the entire family. Dive right into the Festival experience as a spectator or participant in the keg toss competition. Work up an appetite, test your speed and endurance or stretch your legs by competing in the annual 5K Run/Walk.
If there is any spare time, try browsing and shopping festival style. The classic car show offers a chance for festival attendees to peruse a great number of stunning automobiles. Spend hours browsing booths filled with handmade arts and crafts and a selection of festival souvenirs. Check our Schedule of Events in April and May to see new events added and updates to our entertainment schedule.
Festival attendees can sample burgoo and bar-b-q sandwiches from the cooking teams up until the main event on Saturday afternoon when the mutton, chicken and burgoo is ready for sale by the pound and gallon. This is a long standing tradition and is worth standing in line to make sure you purchase your favorite foods from your favorite team. Plus you meet both new and old friends as you wait for the sales to begin!