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Third Annual Clarion BBQ Festival Set to Kick-Off This Weekend
(Pictured above: Mitch Littler performs live during last year’s BBQ Festival.)
This year, the event will be hosting an assortment of professional chainsaw carvers to dazzle and entertain people in attendance, giving people a sight to see while they enjoy hot-off-the-barbeque chicken, baby back ribs, and more.
According to Bo Garritano, the event organizer of the festival, the woodcarvers will conduct an hour of speed carving each day beginning at 4:00 p.m. while also running auctions for their work.
“We have joined forces with Brian Fox, of Fox Portable Sawmill, thanks to Tracy Becker who introduced us,” Garritano said. “He is bringing in 14 professional Woodcarvers and they are going to conduct four days of letting the sawdust fly as they use a variety of chainsaws to create some dynamic sculptures.”
The festivities officially begin on Friday, May 18, at 11:00 a.m., where an assortment of barbeque professionals and woodcarvers will provide both food and entertainment for all in attendance, followed by a live performance by Phoenix Rising from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
On Saturday, May 19, the festival will be hosting Armed Forces Day, beginning at 11:00 a.m. with the Presentation of the Colors and ending with a Rum Dum Concert from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. All veterans in attendance will receive an American Flag pin.
Finally, on Sunday, May 20, the festival will celebrate Backyard BBQ Day, in which amateur barbecuers will compete against each other in a Backyard BBQ competition. Events include Best Chicken, Best Baby Back Ribs, and Best Boston Pork Butt and Brisket. There will also be a live concert by Robyn Young from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Samantha Sears from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
This year’s barbeque participants are Martin Berkery, Chris Kossman, Tim Martin, Mike Fennell, Tom Wiant, Matt Snyder, Justin Tonya and a team called Mystic Hog. All other food available at the festival will be provided by DB’s Smokin BBQ, The Shack, Brody’s BBQ in Punxsutawney, Rub-N-Tug BBQ, and more.
Children under 12 and adults over 65 are admitted for free.
Donations for the event for ages 12 to 64 are $5.00 and include a chance to win the $500.00 value Clarion BBQ Party Pit.
All donations go to benefit the Clarion Hospital Cancer Center and the Clarion University Tippin Scholarship Fund.
The Clarion BBQ Festival is a member of the 2018 PA Great Outdoors BBQ Tour. It is the first BBQ event in the region.
The lineup for the rest of the summer’s tour is as follows:
June 22-23: “Smoke on the Mountain” BBQ Cook-Off Competition, Fox Township Volunteer Fire Department, Kersey, PA.
July 7: “Kill the Grill” Smoke Only BBQ Competition, Elk County Visitor Center, Benezette, PA.
September 22: “All Fired Up & Kickin’” BBQ Competition, Downtown Emporium, PA.
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