Smoke in the Valley BBQ competition returns for a fifth year
This Friday and Saturday the borough of Green Lane will be drenched with the wonderful aroma of simmering chicken, ribs, brisket and an assortment of other goodies at the Fifth annual Smoke in the Valley BBQ.
The event is open to public and held at Isaac Smith Park, between Third, Fourth, Walnut and Green streets in Green Lane. There is no charge to attend the event. The park opens at 4 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday.
Once again, the Green Lane Fire Company BBQ Committee has lined up more than 50 competitors from the United States and Canada to go head to head with their concoctions of special sauces and cooking methods.
Their grills will range from the most exotic to homemade specials as they battle for prizes and bragging rights in this year’s East Coast competition, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society.
Last year’s event drew more than 2,000 visitors and this year promises to be just as entertaining as the past – with new additions. Visitors attending on Friday night could get lucky and be invited to participate in the judging of the People’s Choice Award – an incredible opportunity to taste the culinary delights, direct from the grills of competitors, themselves.
Lo’-N’-Slo BBQ was the grand champion for the past two years (three out of the last four) and will be looking to extend its scrumptious winning streak.
There will be plenty of fun and games for children, as well as crafters, vendors and delicious food and beverage sellers on both days. There will also be a beer garden, wine vendors and cooking demonstrations throughout the event featuring Clemens Food Executive Chef Matt Martino. The Pa. Army National Guard will have their climbing wall at the park on Saturday to challenge those who dare to ascend it.
Music on Friday night will feature the Little Red Rooster Blues Band and Saturday night’s tunes will be provided by The Mango Men Band; both have proven to be popular entertainment choices at the BBQ. Visitors can gather around a bonfire that will be held at dusk both evenings.
New to this year’s festivities is a wing eating contest at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday night. Open to all amateur eaters, 18 years of age and older, who will see who can eat the most sauce-covered chicken wings in two minutes. The wings will be supplied by K. Heeps Inc. and cooked to award-winning perfection by the Burke family of the Sumneytown Hotel.
For the second year, Walnut Street, adjacent to the park will be the site of car show where proud displayers will show off their rides and compete for trophies in eight different categories. The show will be on Saturday from 3 – 7 p.m.
All proceeds benefit the Green Lane Fire Company. For more information, visit www.glfcbbq.com.