Jim 'Rhino' Reincke, Co-Chair of the Southern Illinois Bluegrass & BBQ Festival sent me a quick note regarding the Southern Illinois Bluegrass & BBQ Festival this evening. The organizers have been in 'gear-up' mode for a couple of months now for the 2007 event.
In only it's second year of KCBS sanctioning, the event has been designated as a State Championship.
The 2007 prize pool:
- $1,500 for Grand Champion (and a winner's banner)
- $800 for Reserve Grand (and a winner's banner)
- Top 5 places in each category receive cash
- Top 3 in each category receive banners
- Top 10 receive plaques
Jim invites all the BBQ Blog readers to "come on down to Salem, Illinois (4 hours south of Chicago) the weekend after Labor Day (September 7th & 8th) to discover the hospitality experienced by Dr. Chuckie, Shig's-N-Pit, Bar-B-Quau, Ulcer Acres, Dr. Porkenstein, and others!"
If you'd like additional information regarding the contest, please visit the contest web site for all the details and an online application.