Submitted to North Iowa News –
Charles City, Iowa – Smell – and taste – the BBQ in Charles City on Saturday, June 22.
The 2019 Smoke on the Cedar BBQ competition is set along the riverfront in downtown Charles City. Professional and amateur BBQ smokers alike will participate in this St. Louis-style rib contest formerly known as the Charles City BBQ Challenge.
Up to 20 teams will compete for $1,200 in cash prizes in this Certified Kansas City BBQ judged event. There will also be a People’s Choice Award based on public sampling starting at 4:30 p.m. that day. An optional “Anything But …” sides or dessert contest will also be judged with an additional cash prize.
A limited number of VIP Tickets are now on sale for the public sampling portion of Smoke on the Cedar for $25, and will include BBQ ribs from each of the participating teams. A La Carte Tickets will also be sold the day of the competition for $5 for your choice of three ribs, as long as supplies last. VIP Ticketholders can begin sampling at 4:30 p.m., while A La Carte Ticketholders can begin going through at 5:15 p.m. Only 100 VIP tickets will be sold and include more than a full rack’s worth of ribs. Beverages will also be available for purchase at the event, including an outdoor beer vendor.
Competitor registrations are still being accepted, but will be capped at 20. The entry fee after June 14 will be $100 and will include all ribs being provided. Registration forms are available online at www.charlescitychamber.com or by contacting the Charles City Area Chamber of Commerce office at 401 North Main St., (641) 228-4234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Smoke on the Cedar will be part of the Whitewater Festival on June 22, which will also include the PAWS Dog Jog, Charles City Challenge whitewater competitions on the river, a Hooligan Race and other activities taking place behind City Hall and the Charles City Public Library at Riverfront Park. Visit the Chamber website or call the office for more information.