Schedule

The 39th Annual International Bar-B-Q Festival will be held on May 12th & 13th in 2017.  The schedule will be updated as events and activities are confirmed beginning in January.   Please check back often in April and early May 2016 for complete updates.

FRIDAY, MAY 12th, 2017

SHOPPING

Arts and Crafts (Veterans Blvd)  Open at 5pm

Business Park Vendors (2nd, Allen, St. Ann, Frederica, Daviess)  Open at 5pm

SPECIAL EVENTS

Opening Ceremonies  5pm

Festival Plaza

Souvenir Sales 5 pm – 8 pm

(Smothers Park- Daviess Street Gazebo)

Festival Plaza Entertainment Area 5 pm – 12 midnight

(Veterans & St Elizabeth on the River)

Seating, Adult and Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Entertainment

CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT

Casey’s Rides 5pm – 11pm

(Beginning at 2nd & J.R. Miller Blvd)

FOOD & DRINK

Concessions 5pm – 12 midnight (2nd, Allen, St. Ann, Frederica, Daviess)

Cooking Teams – BBQ Sandwiches/Burgoo & more

(Courthouse Square, 2nd St., & St. Elizabeth – sales starting at 5pm)

ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE – FRIDAY

Festival Plaza Stage 5pm – 12midnite

(Veterans & St Elizabeth on the River)

6pm – 11pm Top 40/Country/Classic Rock

Entertainers TBA

BBQ Fest KICK OFF Concert – 2017 Details Pending

Owensboro Convention Center – Doors open at 6pm

Ticket Allows In/Out Access to Festival

SATURDAY, MAY 13th, 2017

SHOPPING

Arts and Crafts (Veterans Blvd) Open at 9am

Business Park Vendors (2nd, Allen, St. Ann, Frederica, Daviess) Open at 8am

SPECIAL EVENTS

Governor’s Cup Competition Cooking Teams

(Courthouse Square, 2nd St., St. Elizabeth St.)

BBQ Sandwiches/Burgoo & More – 8am

Judging 2pm

PIT SERVING/SELLING TIME – 3pm (Mutton, Chicken, Pork, Burgoo)

Governor’s Cup Presentation & Awards 6pm (Festival Plaza Stage)

Backyard Cook-Off Competition

(2nd and Locust St. Area)

Set Up 6am

Cooking Begins 7am

Visitor Samples (as available)

Judging 2pm

Backyard Cook Grand Champion Awards 6pm (Festival Plaza Stage)

5K Run/Walk

Start Time 8am

Start/End Locations – Festival Plaza (Veterans & St. Elizabeth on the River)

Awards (Festival Plaza Stage) at end of race.

Bench Press & Deadlift Competition

OWENSBORO CONVENTION CENTER – Exhibit Room 1st Floor

Registration 8am – 9am

Lifting Begins 9:30am

Family Pavilion 11am – 5pm (Pending)

(First Baptist Church Lot – 2nd & Daviess St.)

Keg Toss 2 p.m.

(Festival Plaza)

Registration 1:30pm

Souvenir Sales 9am – 8pm.

(Smothers Park- Daviess Street Gazebo)

Mutton Glutton VIP Party – Details Pending

RiverPark Center 2pm -11pm

Cooking Team Pit Food Serving 4pm – 8pm

Entertainment 6:30pm-10:30pm

CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT

Family Pavilion 11am – 5pm (Pending)

(First Baptist Church Lot – 2nd & Daviess)

Casey’s Rides 10am – 11pm

(Begins at 2nd & J.R. Miller Blvd)

FOOD AND DRINK

Concessions (2nd, Allen, St. Ann, Frederica, Daviess) 8a – 11p

Cooking Teams – BBQ Sandwiches/Burgoo & More  8am

Festival Plaza Entertainment Area 11am – 12 midnight

(Veterans & St Elizabeth on the River)

Seating, Adult and Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Entertainment

ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE – SATURDAY

Festival Plaza Stage (Festival Plaza Entertainment Area)

Entertainers TBA

11am – 1pm

1:30pm – 3:30pm

4pm – 5:30pm

6pm Governor’s Cup Cooking Team and Backyard Cooks Awards Ceremony

7pm – 9pm

9pm – 11pm

Overlook Stage

12noon                    Pie Eating Contest

Courthouse Square

12noon                   OHS Red Steel Band