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Labor Day BBQ in Parker Colorado features Johnny Trigg

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If you’re a fan of TV BBQ competitions, you’ll be excited to hear that Johnny Trigg, one of the country’s most acclaimed competitors who has been featured on BBQ Pitmasters, will be in downtown Parker over the Labor Day weekend for the 2014 Smokin’ BrewBBQ.

The celebrity chef, who is known as the godfather of BBQ, was able to make the Parker date, thanks to a change in schedule for a Nevada BBQ cookoff and a persistent invitation from Jim Chincholl, a master judge and member of the CCV Rotary Club of Parker that hosts the annual competition.

“Having the actual godfather of barbecue come to our event, to see him and meet him in person is pretty cool for BBQ fans,” Chincholl said.

The Smokin’ Brew is just one of about 1,000 competitions held nationwide each year and one of the 40 to 45 competitions Trigg and his wife, Trish, will compete in this year as the Smokin’ Triggers.

This charity event offers $8,500 in prize money and the Smokin’ Triggers will compete against 50 other teams, including five or six pastRocky Mountain BBQ Association Team of the Year Champions and the Kansas City Barbeque Society’s Team of the Year for 2013.

The Smokin’ Brew BBQ is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and will be held at Parker Station, 19751 E. Mainstreet, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. The festivities will conclude with an awards ceremony at 5 pm on Sunday, Aug. 31, after the judging of entries.

The event is free, although tickets must be purchased for food and drink. Proceeds benefit local and international charities, including Project Sanctuary, Douglas County Support Center, Parker Task Force and the Women’s Crisis Center, as well as the Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club of Parker’s educational and international programs.

In addition to seeing some top BBQ chefs from across the country, guests can enjoy diverse music provided by locally- and nationally-known groups. John Diak, Parker Towncouncilman and Rotary member worked hard to get a variety of music for the festival this year. His involvement with the emerging Parker Arts district encouraged him to include not only well known local acts but have Syke 96, winner of Arvada’s Jam Out Hunger Battle of the Bands competition strut their stuff for the younger BBQ adventurers. Skye 96 performs Friday 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by the Indulgers, a well known Celtic band who will play from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Saturday, Parker’s own Blinker Fluid will take to the stage from noon to 3 p.m., followed by nationally-known Catfish Kray Blues Band, who will play from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and then Lewis and Floorwax Groove Hawgs, who will perform from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday’s final day will feature Viretta from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Black Jack Canyon Band from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The ever popular cow pie bingo is happening on Sunday at 2 p.m. when Bessie the cow will take to the field and make some lucky ticket holder very happy. A donation of $10 could win you $10,000. A 50 X 40 grid will be painted on the ground surrounded by a fence. A cow will be led onto the grid to do it's "business". The owner of the square with the majority of the Cow Pie will win half the amount raised in sold tickets, up to $10,000.

For more information, visit www.smokinbrewbbq.com.

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