Colorado BBQ Challenge returns with Father’s Day essay contest |

Colorado BBQ Challenge returns with Father’s Day essay contest

Michael Lytle won last year's BBQ Challenge Father's Day Contest thanks to an essay submitted by his daughters, Madison and Sophie Lytle.
Courtesy of the town of Frisco |

The perfect Father’s Day gift is just one essay away. The Frisco Colorado BBQ Challenge will sponsor a writing contest to determine the winning dad for a deal consisting of free barbecue, lodging and a whisky tasting. This year’s 22nd annual contest will start off with a concert on June 18, with the challenge spanning June 19 and 20, just before Father’s Day.

To enter the contest, write an essay with a maximum of 1,200 words on what your dad means to you and why he deserves a weekend of free barbecue. All essays must be submitted to by Monday, June 1.

“It could be someone of any age. It just has to be someone writing about their dad,” said Frisco marketing and communications director Nikki Moore. “We have a small barbecue committee consisting of a few people that work for the town. We all vote for our favorite essays and go from there.”

The winner will receive lodging for June 19 and 20 at Baymont Inn and Suites in Frisco. They will also get $100 dollars worth of Hogbacks, which can be spent at the Colorado BBQ Challenge, and two tickets to a whiskey tour that Friday at the Breckenridge Distillery.

“The Father’s Day Essay Contest is something I look forward to every year because it’s heartwarming to hear about the Super Dads out there who pick their kids up by their boot straps, take their families down the road less travelled, impart life-long wisdom or who are just simply loving, caring, thoughtful dads,” Frisco/Copper Information Center manager Tasha Mills said in a statement.

Admission to the annual BBQ Challenge is free, but hungry attendees can purchase Hogbacks to spend on food and drinks, as well as other items at participating retail stores along Main Street.

As part of the festival, participants can run off the barbecue in the fourth annual Bacon Burner 6k on Saturday, June 20 at 9:30 a.m. Participants will receive beer coupons as well as a T-shirt.

For more details about the Colorado BBQ Challenge, visit or call 1-800-424-1554.

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