2014 BBQ Competition

The competitors will be receiving their competition regulations and meat cuts on Thursday, July 10, 2014. 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 11th and begin at 12:00 p.m.

An award ceremony will follow the judging.

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

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







2014 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 George Smith. 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

Thursday, July 10 Gates open at 5:00 pm

Entrance to Event $8

Centrue Bank Stage
9:00 – 10:30 pm Black Cadillac
7:30 – 8:30 pm Fuzzy Jefferies and The Kings of Memphis
6:15 – 7:00 pm Lupe Carroll
5:15 – 5:45 pm Cooper’s Grove


Friday, July 11 Gates open at 12:00 pm

Entrance to Event 12:00 pm - 3:00 p.m. $8 after 3:00 pm $18

Centrue Bank Stage
10:00 – 11:30 pm 38 Special
8:30 – 9:30 pm Vanilla Ice
7:15 – 8:00 pm Journey Experience
6:00 – 6:45 pm e3po
4:45 – 5:30 pm Little Daddy
3:45 – 4:15 pm Matt Shipley
TBA Todd Hazelrigg


Saturday, July 12 Gates open at 11:00 am

Entrance to Event 11:00 am - 2:00 p.m. $8 after 2:00 pm $18

Centrue Bank Stage
10:00 – 11:30 pm Dustin Lynch
8:15 – 9:30 pm Joe Diffie
6:45 – 7:45 pm Jon Pardi
5:30 – 6:15 pm Greg Schneider Band
4:15 – 5:00 pm Hoosier Highway
3:00 – 3:45 pm Lisa Jackson
TBA Eddie Rose
TBA Hustle Dunn

Key City Stage
11:15 – 12:00 pm Dylan Bently
12:30 – 1:30 pm Miles Over Mountains
2:00 – 3:00 pm Under the Willow
3:30 – 4:15 pm Eric Lambert


Sound checks – TBA
In case of RAIN: KVPD Recreation Center, 150 N. Indiana, Kankakee, IL 60901
(Only 5 min. from festival location)


BBQ Fest 5K


Start off the right way, by taking part in our 5K Run/Walk on the last day of the event.
Participants will enjoy the scenic River Road Park grounds as they make their way to the finish line. In addition each runner will receive a t-shirt (early registration is encouraged to guarantee you get the correct size), and overall winners in the 5K run will receive a trophy. Medals will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age group of the 5K Run. Each participants will also be entered into our drawing that will take place after the race for a chance to win a free admission ticket to BBQ Fest for Saturday night (8 tickets)!
The race will start and end at the BBQ Fest Pepsi stage.

Ages: All
Date: Saturday, July 12
Location: River Road
Fee: $25 by July 10 (Fun Race Included)
$28 on Race Day (Fun Race Included)
Running Club Members $2 Off

Registration Time: 8:00-8:45 am
5K Run/Walk Start Time: 9:00 am

To register please click here to download the registration form

BBQ Fest Car, Truck & Motorcycle Showdown

No entry fee!

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



Cost: Thursday $8
Friday $8, after 3:00 p.m. $18
Saturday $8, after 2:00 p.m. $18
>>>> Kids 2 yrs & Under are FREE! <<<<


Call the KVPD at 815.939.1311 to order today!

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: