A& Briefs: Colorado BBQ Challenge sees record attendance
Colorado BBQ Challenge sees record attendance; named sixth top festival of its kind in the nation by USA Today
On the heels of the town of Frisco’s annual Colorado BBQ Challenge selling out in record time — both participation in the competitive, non-selling portion and participation in the competitive, selling portion — the 2016 event itself, which took place June 16-18, saw record attendance, up 20 percent from 2015.
Separately, the popular Summit County event received high accolades from USA Today readers who awarded the festival the number six spot on their 10 Best BBQ Festival list; only one other festival located west of the Mississippi made the list. While 20 experts identify the initial list of nominees, the final 10 are decided by popular vote — a testament to the town of Frisco which has hosted the three-day fest for the past 23 years.
“Being named to USA Today’s 10 Best BBQ Festival by our festival goers is something we’re extremely proud of,” said Nora Gilberston, events manager for the town of Frisco, in a statement. “We work extremely hard with the town and vendors to ensure the event is enjoyable for visitors, allowing folks to experience Frisco and all we have to offer while tasting some of the best barbecue in the country. The event would not be possible without our incredible sponsors and volunteers, so thank you to all who made this year such a success.”
The 23rd annual Colorado BBQ Challenge played host to more than 60 barbeque masters to chef up their best fare and compete for a variety of awards. This year’s winners of the coveted Grand Champion (First Place) and Reserve Grand Champion (Second Place) were Porky Butts BBQ from Omaha, Nebraska, and Shake ‘n Bake BBQ from New Haven, Missouri, respectively. Porky Butts BBQ’s win automatically qualified them for the American Royal World Series of Barbecue in Kansas City.
Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s Sunset at the Summit Concert series begins Saturday
On Saturday, the Lake Dillon Theatre Company (LDTC) will kick off its 22nd annual Sunset at the Summit Concert Series by bringing its lineup of musical performances to Silverthorne’s Rainbow Park. The free outdoor concerts are open to the public and will take place each Saturday evening throughout the month of July, starting with Ron Ivory & One on One on July 9.
Mountain Lyon Café will be on hand serving up barbecue and snacks, while LDTC serves up the libations to the crowd. All alcohol proceeds will go back to LDTC. The playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts will all be open and accessible for families and groups to utilize during the performances.
The Sunset at the Summit concerts will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday evenings in July, and will take place on a stage at the south end of the Rainbow Park field. Concert-goers will enter through the north and south entrances and are encouraged to utilize on-street parking, Rainbow Park parking areas, as well as the Recreation Center parking lot.
LateNite @ The District continues with ‘Happy Gilmore’
Screened al fresco in the Arts District, overlooking the ski resort and under the star-studded sky (usually), enjoy classic films presented by BreckCreate and Breckenridge Film Festival.
In tandem with these film presentations, enjoy great short films hand-picked by the Breckenridge Film Festival, showcasing what’s to come in the upcoming fall festival, Sept. 15-18. On Wednesday, July 13, “Happy Gilmore” will screen. “High Noon” will play on July 20, and “Groundhog Day” on July 27.
Breckenridge Backstage Theatre looking for volunteers
The Backstage Theatre welcomes all those with a love of the theater. At this very moment, the organization has an immediate need for carpenter types, folks handy with hammers, saws, measuring tape, building materials as construction on a brand new set is about to begin! Please contact artistic director, Chris Willard at email@example.com if you are a builder.
The newly renovated Breckenridge Theatre is filled with an enthusiastic throng of volunteers who participate in a wide variety of other ways as well. If you would like to be a part, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
—Compiled by Heather Jarvis
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