BBQ Bash returning to Liberty Park


CLARKSVILLE: It’s never too early to think about Barbeque!

Now’s the time to save the date for Clarksville Parks & Recreation’s BBQ Bash.

The Clarksville BBQ Bash is free to the public and will take place beginning at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center at Liberty Park, 1188 Cumberland Drive.

Participating teams from near and far will compete for cash and to see who has the best BBQ. Attendees can enjoy live music, kids activities, a cornhole tournament, local artisan vendors and so much more. Barbeque and beer will be available for purchase.

The cost to compete in the KCBS Competitors Series Barbeque Contest is $200 per team. Non-professional and professional teams are required to cook chicken and pork ribs, with the option of pork butt, to win the Grand Championship. In addition, the Competitors Series contest allows for alternative heats sources.  The Competitors Series Contest is not eligible for the American Royal or the Jack Daniels World Championship.  In addition, teams who participate in a Competitors Series Contest will not receive KCBS Team of the Year points.

Registration is available online at Deadline to register is Thursday, Oct. 4 or until spots are filled (limited to 30 teams).

This year’s event will have several new twists. They include:

  • People’s Choice — BBQ Bash attendees will be able to sample barbecue for free from participating KCBS BBQ teams and vote for their favorite! The winner will receive a cash prize.
  • Tennessee vs. Alabama Football Watch Party — Clarksville Parks and Recreation has teamed up with CDE Lightband to host an SEC Football Watch Party, UT vs. Alabama, at the Clarksville BBQ Bash, inside the Wilma Rudolph Event Center. The Watch Party is free and will be complete with big screens and seating. Game time is to be announced.
  • Clarksville BBQ Bash VIP Night — Barbecue lovers are invited to taste award-winning BBQ, enjoy drinks, live music and giveaways from 6:30-9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19 at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center. Tickets can be purchased online at
  • BBQ & Beer Fun Run — The morning of the Clarksville BBQ Bash,  participants of all fitness levels are invited to run/walk a course completely inside of Liberty Park, while stopping along the way for a taste of beer and barbecue. Each participant will receive an event t-shirt and finish with a full belly! Runners are encouraged to make a day of it and stay for the free Clarksville BBQ Bash activities. Registration information coming soon.

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About Author

Christine Anne Piesyk has been a journalist for more than 50 years. Her credits include positions as Editor in Chief, Managing Editor, Staff Writer specializing in education, leisure living, food and arts and entertainment. She was co-producer, writer and on air persona for the Entertainment Review for 25 years. Now "retired," she finds herself working on online websites and as a book editor. In her other life, she is a costume designer in her daughter's company, Gemini Dream Designs.

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