Schedule

The 40th Annual International Bar-B-Q Festival will be held on May 11th & 12th in 2018.  The schedule will be updated as events and activities are confirmed.   Please check back often in April and early May 2018 for complete updates or visit our events tab for additional information on individual activities.

FRIDAY, MAY 11th, 2018

SHOPPING

Arts and Crafts – Open at 5pm
(Veterans Blvd)
Business Park Vendors – Open at 5pm
(2nd, Allen, St. Ann, Frederica, Daviess)

SPECIAL EVENTS

Opening Ceremonies – 5pm
Festival Plaza – Kentucky Legend Stage

Mutton Glutton VIP Party – 6pm-11pm
RiverPark Center
Mutton, Pork Sandwiches, Deli Items, Chips, Desserts, Adult Beverages, Non-Alcoholic Beverages, and Entertainment – Blues/OTIS

Souvenir Sales – 5pm-8pm
(2nd & St. Ann St)

ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE – FRIDAY

Festival Plaza – KY Legend Stage
Festival Plaza – ATMOS Energy Stage

5:30pm-7pm               SOUL UNIQUE
7pm-9pm               Josh Merritt
9pm-11pm               Blackford Creek
Daviess & Veteran’s – Domtar Stage
5pm-8pm               Randy Lanham, Jeff “Wildman” Hardesty, Brian Snyder
Mutton Glutton VIP Party RiverPark Center
6:30pm-10:30pm               Blues – OTIS, National Touring Blues Band

CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT

Casey’s Rides – 5pm-11pm
(Beginning at 2nd & J.R. Miller Blvd)

FOOD & DRINK

Festival Plaza Entertainment Area – Beer, Wine, OZ Tyler Bourbon Bar
Concessions – 5pm-11pm
(2nd, Allen, St. Ann, Frederica, Daviess)
Cooking Teams – BBQ Sandwiches/Burgoo & more
(Courthouse Square, 2nd St., & St. Elizabeth – sales starting at 5pm)

SATURDAY, MAY 12th, 2018

SHOPPING

Arts and Crafts – Open at 9am
(Veterans Blvd)
Business Park Vendors – Open at 8am
(2nd, Allen, St. Ann, Frederica, Daviess)

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 (Mutton, Chicken, Pork, Burgoo) – 3pm
Governor’s Cup Presentation & Awards (Festival Plaza – Kentucky Legend Stage) – 6pm

5K Run/Walk
Start Time – 8am
Start/End Locations – Festival Plaza (Veterans & St. Elizabeth on the River)
Awards (Festival Plaza) at end of race

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 (Festival Plaza – Ky Legend/ATMOS Energy Stages) – 6pm

Bench Press & Deadlift Competition
Owensboro Convention Center – Lobby
Registration – 8am-9am
Lifting Begins – 9:30am

Mutton Glutton Mutton Sandwich Eating Contest
Festival Plaza – Kentucky Legend Stage 4pm (Joey Chestnut Returns)

Keg Toss
Festival Plaza – 2pm / Registration – 1:30pm

Souvenir Sales – 9am-7pm
(2nd & St Ann Street)

Picnic Pavilion – 10am-5:30pm
Relax and Refresh – First Baptist Church Lot

Mutton Glutton VIP Party – 2pm-11pm
RiverPark Center
Entertainment – 2pm-5pm               Moonlighters (Louisville)
Cooking Team Pit Food Serving – 4pm-8pm
Entertainment – 6:30pm-10:30pm               Beat Daddys – Blues

CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT

Pie Eating Contest – 12noon
Overlook Stage

Casey’s Rides – 10am-11pm
(Begins at 2nd & J.R. Miller Blvd)

FOOD AND DRINK

Festival Plaza Entertainment Area – Beer, Wine, OZ Tyler Bourbon Bar
Concessions – 8am-11pm
(2nd, Allen, St. Ann, Frederica, Daviess)
Cooking Teams – BBQ Sandwiches/Burgoo & More – 8am

ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE – SATURDAY

Owensboro Convention Center

8pm               Rodney Atkins

Festival Plaza Entertainment Area – Kentucky Legend Stage & ATMOS Energy Stage
12n-2pm               Scott Lindsey
2pm-4pm               Friends
4pm               Ky Legend Mutton Sandwich Eating Contest
4:30pm-6pm               Vinyl Sunday
6pm               Governor’s Cup Cooking Team and Backyard Cooks Awards Ceremony
7pm-9pm               Elliott Sublett
9pm-11pm               Insulated
Daviess & Veteran’s – Domtar Stage
10am               Wayne Morris and Friends
12:30pm               Randall Howard Group
3pm               Wild Sky
5:30pm               Annabelle Watts and Corey
Mutton Glutton VIP Party (RiverPark Center)
2pm-5pm               Moonlighters
6:30pm-10:30pm               Beat Daddy’s
Overlook Stage
12noon               Pie Eating Contest