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Family Fun Weekend at World Series of Barbecue® Event in Kansas City

World’s Largest Barbecue Event Features Family-Friendly Food and Music Festival

Kansas City, MO – From October 4-7, Kansas City’s historic Stockyards District transforms into over 20 acresof the world’s largest barbecue event, featuring a record 545 barbecue teams from around the world competing for top championship titles and prizes, and a four-day family-friendly festival including live music and bands, cooking demonstrations, a Family Fun Zone, and interactive entertainment.

The 33rd annual World Series of Barbecue will feature several indoor and outdoor activities for kids of all ages. The Kids Que Contest is open to youth ages 6-10 and 11-15 and will take place on Saturday,October 6th. Guy Fieri, 2012 inductee of the Barbecue Hall of Fame and founder of the Cooking with Kids Foundation, will beon hand to kick off the
6th Annual JuniorWorld Series of Barbecue.


The Kids Korral features a petting zoo, pony rides, mutton’ bustin, and more. Activities in theKids Korral are free with general admission tickets ($5 for ages 6-12, &free for ages 5 and under).


The chef of the house will enjoy learning new tricks of the trade during the cooking demonstrations at the Culinary Center of Kansas City’s mobile Viking Kitchen stage. Some of the top BBQ competitors and cooks from around the country will share their recipes and cooking tips. Learn the secrets of top BBQ Pitmaster Johnny Trigg and other culinary experts.


Friday and Saturday nights, the outdoor music stage features popular bands and live musical performances from headliners including American Idol “sweetheart” Lauren Alaina, old school hip-hop band Dolewite, top smashhit songs by SELLOUT, and favorites from bands like Honkeytonk Renovators and THE FARM that play music to get the crowd dancing throughout the evenings. Each night ends with a fireworks finale.


Everyone has their own opinion about which barbecue sauce is the best. Diddy-Wa-Diddy (African for “BarbecueHeaven”) is sponsoring the BBQ Sauce Store where guests can sample an assortment of sauces, vote on their favorite BBQ sauce, and purchase from a variety of expertly crafted sauces.Sauces in the Diddy-Wa-Diddy BBQ Sauce Store are sold at reduced prices, with all proceeds benefiting the American Royal and other local charities.


Combine these with a barbecue-related trade expo, the world’s largest barbecue contest, and this popular four-day food festival earns its title as the World Series ofBarbecue®!


The World Series of Barbecue is one of the most popular and highly attended barbecue food festivals in the world. It is organized and hosted by the American Royal Association, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3)organization dedicated to supporting youth and education. In 2011, the American Royal Association contributed $1.4 million in scholarship and educational awards through funds raised by endowments, contributions, sponsorships and revenues gained through events such as the World Series of Barbecue®.


“We invite families and kids of all ages to participate in the activities during American Royal’s World Series of Barbecue,” said Bob Petersen, American Royal President &CEO. “The American Royal supports youth and education, and this event is an ideal venue for families, youth, and young people to enjoy a fun weekend in Kansas City surrounded by barbecue and related activities.”


For more information,visit or call (816)221-9800.

About the American Royal

TheAmerican Royal Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that hasbeen a Kansas City tradition since 1899. Each year more than 270,000 peopleattend events at the American Royal Complex. In 2011, the Royal was able togive $1.4 million in scholarship and educational awards. In addition to itseducational mission, the American Royal generates some $60 million of economicimpact, $4.4 million in local tax revenues, and supports 450 jobs.



Jennifer Brand | |(636) 448-2953 
Jeremy Povenmire | | (816) 569-4047