Dillon prepares to get sauced
DILLON – Summit County is a major driving force in Colorado’s growing enthusiasm for barbecue. Anyone who thinks differently should head to downtown Dillon today and Saturday for BBQ at the Summit, the world’s highest barbecue contest.”When we originally did the first (Kansas City Barbecue Society)-sanctioned contest nine years ago, there were only four barbecue teams in the State of Colorado,” said Brenda Cameron, the event’s Head Hog. “Now we have over 50. Colorado is seen by Kansas City as the next big barbecue state.”For eight years, Summit County Rotary partnered with the town of Frisco on the annual August contest, but town officials moved the Frisco event to June this year to avoid competition with Main Street businesses during peak tourist season.
The Rotary Club decided to partner with the town of Dillon to keep the August date, thus doubling Summit County visitors’ and locals’ opportunities to sink their teeth into barbecue culture.”The town of Frisco and Rotary put on such a successful event for eight years. Summit County has been hugely responsible for the growth of barbecue in Colorado,” Cameron said.About 60 cooking teams from across the country will converge on Dillon’s streets for two days to compete for $12,000 in prize money. Cookers will go grill-to-grill in several categories, including best ribs, chicken, pork, sauce, salsa and brisket.Event attendees can purchase “BBQ Bucks” tickets to sample the wares of cooking teams throughout the two-day competition.
“It’s a subculture of it’s own,” said Sally Croker, Dillon events manager. “They have big, warm hearts and they take their barbecue very seriously. But they have a lot of fun and enjoy what they’re doing.”Thirty-eight of the teams competing at BBQ at the Summit this weekend have participated in the Summit County Rotarians’ previous contests. Four teams have competed all nine years.”It’s kind of a family,” Cameron said. “They have adopted me, and I’ve enjoyed being adopted. I get to visit with them at this contest and every other contest I manage to get to. It’s a warm, fuzzy feeling.”The event will feature several live musical acts, including the Railbenders and Arnie J. Green on Friday and Swingin’ Mood Cats and Chris Daniels and the Kings on Saturday.
“This weekend is our largest weekend of summer,” Croker said. “It’s going to give great exposure to the town of Dillon and its charm.”For information about Dillon’s BBQ at the Summit, call (888) 499-4499, or visit http://www.bbqatthesummit.com.Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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