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BBQ kings (and queens) compete Fri., Sat


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This weekend, barbecue lovers will have an excuse to head to the Columbus Riverwalk. 


Grilling On The River ''09 will take place March 20 and 21 on the Riverwalk near Ruben''s Fish and Steak House. 


Grilling on the River, a Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned/Magnolia State Barbecue Championship and Food Fair, will feature some furious grilling competition. 


The event benefits the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society. 


Gov. Haley Barbour declared this weekend''s event as the official State of Mississippi Barbecue Championship. 


Amateur teams can win up to $1,000 and professional teams can win up to $9,000. 


Last year''s competition featured 47 pro teams and four amateur teams from six states in the U.S. 


The public is invited to attend the free event. Organizers encourage those attending to bring lawn chairs, but to keep pets and personal coolers at home. 


The food won''t be the only draw. The event also features a live performance from Cat Daddys, as well as appearances by the Christian Motorcyclist Association and the Goldwing Road Rider''s Association. Jump-N-Gs also will be available. 


The event is sponsored by Food Giant, Royal Oak Charcoal of Roswell, Ga., the Columbus Convention and Visitor''s Bureau, Triangle Federal Credit Union, The CPI Group, Mitchell Distributing Company, BancorpSouth, Ceco Building Systems, Cumulus Broadcasting, WCBI-TV, The Columbus Packet, The T-Shirt Connection and Kwik-Kopy. 


Pro-teams competing must pay an entry fee of $225 and amateur teams pay a $125 entry fee. Electricity and water will be provided. 


Judging will begin Saturday at noon and awards will be handed out at 4 p.m. 


New categories in the competition are corporate/industrial teams and women-only teams. 


Gates open Friday at 4 p.m. and close at 11 p.m. On Saturday, the event will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, e-mail event coordinator Harvey Myrick at [email protected] or visit the event Web site,




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