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8th Ever KY State BBQ Festival Serves 27K BBQ Fans, Raises $146,000 for Heart of Kentucky United Way

8th Ever KY State BBQ Festival Serves 27K BBQ Fans, Raises $146,000 for Heart of Kentucky United Way

Danville, Jul 26, 2018 – The Kentucky State BBQ Festival is excited to announce they have raised over $146,000 to date for the Heart of Kentucky United Way after its 8th ever BBQ Festival which is held at Wilderness Trail Distillery located at 4095 Lebanon Road, Danville KY.

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is an EATING event!  Come early, come hungry.

The 8th ever BBQ festival drew crowds of over 27,000 from across the country.  Over a 3 day span, Festival goers devoured over 18,000 pounds of BBQ prepared by TV celebrity pit masters, listened to 9 amazing bands, and shopped over 50 local craft and food vendors. All of this, while enjoying ice cold beer and Four Roses Bourbon and signature cocktail drinks from Wilderness Trail Distillery!

The new location at Wilderness Trail Distillery proved to be a great success as BBQ Lovers came out in force to enjoy the sights, sounds and smell of smoke in the air.  Although the move created a few challenges and added a few expenses, Festival organizers share that this years event will be even more exciting having worked through their growing pains. With Wilderness Trail Distillery’s new bourbon release, they are ready for the crowds, estimated to be over 30,000.

Featuring 7 TV-celebrity BBQ Pitmasters, having appeared on Good Morning America, Food Network, The Travel Channel and The Learning Channel (TLC) to name just a few. Several of our Pitmasters have placed in the Top 10 at Memphis In May the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Competition, and hundreds of significant BBQ competitions nationwide, year after year after year! And you get to meet them, shake their hand and eat their food at this event.

Once again, we will be welcoming back Amy Mills and Mike Mills of 17th Street Barbecue, Carey Bringle of Peg Leg Porker, Moe Cason of Ponderosa BBQ, Craig Kimmel of Firehouse BBQ, Shelly Frisch of Desperados BBQ, Rod Bennett and the crew from Lucky Dog BBQ, and last but not least, Garry and Leslie Roark of Ubons BBQ to complete our celebrity line-up of Pitmasters for 2018!

Think you are a BBQ God?  Think your ribs are the best?  Bring it!  There’s also a Backyard BBQ Competition – 3 categories:  Ribs, Steak and 1-bite (can be anything).  Cash prizes and big trophies – it is a ton of fun.

The Kentucky State BBQ Festival Committee, and their more than 200 volunteers invite you to participate in the 8th ever Kentucky State BBQ FestivalAt Wilderness Trail Distillery, 4095 Lebanon Rd. Danville Kentucky on September 7-9, 2018.

About the Kentucky State BBQ Festival –

The Kentucky State BBQ Festival Foundation Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate the public on the history and culture of barbecue and to raise funds for the Heart of Kentucky United Way and other, local 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.

The 8th ever KY State BBQ Festival is scheduled for September 7-9, 2018
For more information and a schedule of events, go to http://KYBBQFestival.com

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