Around 11 a.m. Saturday, 66 judges took an oath before digging into some of the country’s best barbecue at the 21st annual Colorado BBQ Challenge, in Frisco.
Chip Snyder, a Frisco resident for the last 42 years, was among them.
In his seventh year judging the competition, he described how the judges rate the dishes offered by more than 70 competitors in terms of appearance, taste and texture.
They evaluate meats, sides and desserts on a scale of 1 to 9 with 1 being inedible, 6 is “like your basic backyard barbecue guy,” and 9 would be barbecue you’d drive out of state for.
If he ate everything put in front of him to judge, Snyder said, he would have eaten about 2 pounds of meat. He chose to eat one or two bites and take the rest home.
This Friday and Saturday, tens of thousands of people roamed Main Street in Frisco tasting pulled pork, beef brisket and ribs smothered in barbecue sauce.
The event included pig races, cooking demonstrations, live music and fun activities for kids.
About 320 volunteers kept the area safe and clean and sold beverages and Hog Backs, the festival’s currency, said volunteer coordinator Rick Amico. Still more volunteers from the High County Conservation Center helped with waste disposal.
“It’s a great outpouring of support from the community,” he said.
Dan Fernandez, 28, of Breckenridge, walked around Friday with a sink strapped to his body, passing out soap samples for the Breckenridge company Summit Soap. He said he was glad he found the “human napkin,” a man “pushing 30” named Matt, in desperate need of Fernandez’ sink.
A block down the road the next day, 8-year-old Christopher Desfosses, of Denver, did pushups and balanced spinning hubcabs as part of a street performance put on by Pete Irish and Ambree Zuba with the BoDean Roadshow. The boy received a Kenny Rogers eight-track tape for his efforts.