One big barbecue

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By The Staff

The South Oldham Lions Club is proud to host this year’s Oldham County Backyard Barbecue and Craft Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 12. 

The park-like setting of The Maples, in Crestwood on W. Ky. 22, has been selected as the location for this year’s Lions Club fundraising event and admission is free.

Registration for participants will be accepted through July 31. 

After three years of hosting a professional Kansas City Barbecue qualifying competition, the South Oldham Lions Club has decided to host a local amateur barbecue cook-off and extend the festival by adding live entertainment, a cornhole tournament, large kids play area with activities such as 56-foot inflatables, craft booths, as well as local business booths to make it an event for the whole family.

Professional barbecue competitor Falls City Smokers will offer barbecue platters with a variety of side dishes, and the South Oldham Lions Club will be on hand with drinks and frozen apple cider slushies. 

“We are encouraging local organizations such as fire departments, police departments, banks and church groups to form cornhole and barbecue teams to compete at the festival to really make it a community event,” South Oldham Lion Koss Kinser said.

The backyard barbecue competition will include an adult amateur cook-off competition with a chicken and ribs category for adults and a kids beef cook-off using a pound of ground beef. 

The kids beef category has been divided into two age categories: ages 8-12 and ages 13-17. 

Monetary prizes and ribbons will be given for each barbecue category in each age group of the competition. 

All competitors must use wood or charcoal grills in the competition (no gas). Applications should be received by July 31.

Live entertainment will be provided by nationally known band, Hog Operation. 

Hog Operation plays a style of supercharged bluegrass music using traditional instruments — guitar, banjo, bass, fiddle and mandolin—that accompany smooth harmony vocals. 

The festival will also host the first-ever Battle of High School Bands competition.

For information, visit OldhamLiving.com or visit SouthOldhamLions.org for online registration and payment options for your spot in the festival. 

The South Oldham Lions Club was chartered in 1948. The club is responsible for many community service projects such as providing eye care and glasses to individuals at no charge.

The club provided the Crestwood/Pewee Valley sidewalk to the community, provided a considerable financial contribution for a multi-purpose building at Peggy Baker Park, and most recently, providing funding for the placement of automated electronic defibrillators at SOHS and SOMS.