2015 BBQ Competition

The competitors will be receiving their competition regulations and meat cuts on Thursday, July 9, 2015. They will cook on property overnight until judging begins. There will be no cooking for competition off site. The BBQ competition categories include Pork, Chicken, Beef, Sauce, and Misc. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place in each category. The overall first place winner will also be refunded the $200 booth fee.

Judging will take place on Friday, July 10th on the Key City Stage (near boat ramp) and begin at 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

An award ceremony will follow the judging.

Categories for the competition are Pork, Chicken, Beef, Sauce, Misc.

2014 Competition Results



Meat donations are made by Texas RoadHouse Papineau Locker and Berkot's Supermarkets







2015 Backyard Grillers' Competition

This competition will be open to the first 25 paid registrants with completed and signed forms.

The entry fee is $50.00 to participate. Competitors must provide their own slab of ribs for the competition and enter them in either of the three styles of ribs: Baby Back, St. Louis, or Spare Ribs. Judges will be judging on taste, tenderness, and appearance. Rules will be given to all competitors when they check in, the day of, with TBD. Trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers. Just for fun, there will also be an award for the best custom grill/smoker at the competition!

The chef will be allowed to bring one person into the competition to assist with set up. They must arrive with the chef at the time of set up. No one else will be allowed into the competition area. Identification will be provided and must be worn at all times.
Competitors area will be assigned based on first come, first serve basis. Each individual competitors area will be no larger than 20 feet by 20 feet, unless prior written consent is obtained from the Kankakee Valley Park District (KVPD). Competitors must be within assigned area. Competitors in this competition are not food vendors and therefore not allowed to sell or give away any food or beverages. If at any time this is violated the competitor will asked to leave the competition and escorted off the property. Competitors will be given information/guidelines from the Kankakee County Health Department to follow, but they are not required to purchase a license.

To register click here to download the Backyard Grillers' form

Congratulations to the 2014 winners for this competition:
1st place Tom Pierce;
2nd place Roger Hudson/AJ Sailing;
3rd place Scott Parmley

Judges for the Backyard Grillers' are represented here: Ryan Jackson from Creme of the Crop, Jim Johanek from Jimmy Jos BBQ, Tommy Rayburn of Texas Roadhouse,
Guy Anderson
of Squeels on Wheels and Chef Justin George from 164 North
along with their owner Heatherann Erickson-Low.

VIP Tickets are $35 until they are sold out.

General Admission each night is $20
Unlimited Carnival is included

Early Bird Special, first three hours of event $10

Re-entry $10


Thursday, July 9 Gates open at 5:00 pm

Entrance to Event $20

Centrue Bank Stage
9:00 – 10:30 pm
7:30 – 8:30 pm
6:15 – 7:00 pm
5:15 – 5:45 pm


Friday, July 10 Gates open at 12:00 pm

Entrance to Event 12:00 pm - 3:00 p.m. $10 after 3:00 pm $20

Centrue Bank Stage
10:15 – 11:30 pm
8:45 – 9:45 pm
7:30 - 8:15 pm
6:15 – 7:00 pm
5:00 – 5:45 pm
3:45 – 4:30 pm
3:15 – 3:40 pm
2:30 - 3:00 pm


Saturday, July 11 Gates open at 11:00 am

Entrance to Event 11:00 am - 2:00 p.m. $10 after 2:00 pm $20

Centrue Bank Stage
10:00 – 11:30 pm
8:15 – 9:30 pm
6:45 – 7:45 pm
5:30 – 6:15 pm
4:15 – 5:00 pm
3:00 – 3:45 pm
1:00 – 1:30 pm

Key City Stage
3:30 – 4:15 pm
2:00 – 3:00 pm
12:30 – 1:30 pm
11:15 – 12:00 pm


This is a rain or shine event, no refunds


Bean Bag Competition

Congratulations to the 2014 Bags Competition Winners: Runner up team Bears and winning team Shake-n-Bake.


Click here to download registration form

BBQ Fest Car, Truck & Motorcycle Showdown

No entry fee! Saturday, July 11, 2015
Registration/Check In: 11:00 am
Event Time: 12:00–4:00 pm

Link for registration to Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show!

There will be peoples choice judging awarding 8 trophies.

Brought to you by Key City and Sponsored in part by Xtreme Body and Paint





Once you are on the BBQ Fest grounds and have received your wristband, you can come and go as you please, but there will be a $3 re-entry fee. If you need to cool off, please take advantage of our Splash Valley Water Park on River Road, and then head back to the festival for a night of entertainment.

Daily Concert Pass or VIP Concert Pass





Pricing includes activities and entertainment!
Cost: Thursday $10
Friday $10, after 3:00 p.m. $20
Saturday $10, after 2:00 p.m. $20

If you leave the park and return $3 reentry fee.
>>>> Kids 2 yrs & Under are FREE! <<<<



For vendor information please call 815.939.1311 to inquire about availability.

To be a volunteer please fill out the waiver and send it to the KVPD Administration Office.
Be sure to include your name, age, and phone number with time in which you can be reached.

Check back in from time to time as information is constantly updated. . .
• Rain or Shine NO REFUNDS
• Please Redeem at KVPD Booth
• Not Responsible for Lost or Stolen Tickets



Holiday Inn Express Official 2014 BBQ Fest Hotel Sponsor
62 Ken Hayes Drive, Bourbonnais

Hilton Garden Inn
455 RiverStone Parkway, Kankakee
Book a room at the Hilton Garden Inn

Hampton Inn
60 Ken Hayes Drive, Bourbonnais

Comfort Inn & Suites
1500 N. State Route 50, Bourbonnais
815-401-5043 Ask for BBQ Fest rate

Country Inn & Suites
380 S Cypress Street, Manteno
Manteno Country Inns & Suites

Economy Inn
2125 South Rt. 45-52, Kankakee

Fairfield Inn
1550 State Rt.50 N, Bourbonnais
Book a room at Fairfield Inn

Howard Johnson
157 Cypress, Manteno
Direct link to Manteno Howard Johnson

Motel 6
1311 State Rt. 50, Bourbonnais

Quality Inn & Suites
800 N Kinzie Ave., Bradley
Direct link to Bradley Quality Inn & Suites Book a room at Quality Inn & Suites

Super 8
1390 N Locke Drive, Bourbonnais
Book a room at Super 8

Other sponsors of this event: