Event Details

The first BBQ Brews and Bluegrass Family Festival and Car Show will take place in Jerseyville, Illinois on June 1-2, 2018 at Lions Club and Wittman Parks.

Events include a St. Louis BBQ Society sanctioned competition, car show, musical entertainment, children’s activities, raffles, food vendors, and beer garden.

The general public is invited to attend, and there is no cover fee. Please see the information below if you wish to register for the BBQ Competition, Kids Cooking Competition or Car Show.

Proceeds from the festival to benefit Kids Shouldn’t Have Cancer Foundation.

Friday, June 1st  9 a.m. – 11 p.m.

BBQ Competitor Registration, Meat Inspections, Kids Activities (6pm-9pm). Entertainment

Saturday, June 2nd 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.

BBQ Competition (Morning and Afternoon), Car Show Registration (9am-12pm), Car Show Judging (12-3pm in 5 Categories), Kids Activities (10am-8pm). Entertainment (Misty Ridge 10am, The Harmans 1:30pm), Festival Choice (Chosen by the Public $10 a Head 1:15pm), Kids Cookoff ($40 per contestant), Movie in the Park (8pm, Free Popcorn), Raffles, Exhibitioners from Jersey County and Beyond, Catch the Shuttle to Visit any number of Local businesses.

BBQ Competitor Information

Interested in Competing in the BBQ Festival?

You can compete in 4 main Categories: Chicken, Ribs, Pork Shoulder, Beef Brisket.

Prizes include $11,000 in payouts!
Grand Champion: $2500 + Trophy
Reserve Grand Champ: 1500 + Trophy
Festivals Choice: $500 + Trophy
Category Winners: 1st – $500 + Trophy; 2nd – $400 + Trophy; 3rd – $300 + Trophy; 4th – $200 + Plaque; 5th – $100 + Plaque; 6th – $75 + Plaque; 7th – $50 + Plaque; 8th – $25 + Plaque; 9th – Medal; 10th – Medal

Application deadline is May 25, 2018.

Please download the pdf to register.

Kids Grilling Competition

Each Child Entry must have a parent or guardian present during the entire run of the event. The Child must be able to handle the majority of the tasks associated with grilling a stake. Each entry will receive 2 – 1” thick steaks that they will be responsible for seasoning, grilling, and saucing (if desired). Parent/Guardian may assist with flipping. We will provide the small charcoal camp grill, charcoal, and tongs to each participant. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian & child to wear the proper clothing for this outdoor event. Questions and final ruling on issues and concerns reside with the festival coordinators. The Team will have 1.5 hour prep time (on sight) and cook time. Judges will be announced at registration check-in the day of the festival.

Please download the pdf to register.

Car Show

12-3:30 pm June 2nd – Lions Club & Wittman Parks

Vehicle Registration 9:00am-12:00 p.m.

Judging 12-3:00pm

Entry fee is $20.

Categories include:

Best in Show, Best Interior, Best Paint, Best Engine and Mayors Choice.

Dash Plaques will be available. Quantity is limited.

Deadline for registration has been changed. Entries will be allowed up to noon on June 2nd. Please visit the Feyerabend Building to register and receive placement that morning. Hope to see you there!

Please download the pdf to register.

Vendor Application

It is not necessary to obtain a Jersey County Health Department for your participation in the vendor section of this event. We are not limiting the number of vendors available for the festival. There is a possibility of other local vendors being at the festival, but they will not be allowed to serve protein from their booth. It is the responsibility of the individual teem to get meat if they are going to sell or give out samples to the general public.

Please download the pdf to register.

Exhibitor information

Showcase your business with a Booth.

Each Booth is $30.00

Each booth is 10ft x10ft and there isn’t a limit to the number of booths per individual.

All vendors must be set up by 5:00pm on the 1st or 9am on Saturday June 2nd.

If your booth involves the sale of food, prior notification is necessary to the committee and approval will have to be granted.

Please download the pdf to register

Sponsorship Information

There are 2 ways to get involved with the 1st Annual BBQ, Brews and Bluegrass Family Festival.

Option A: For $250 get your business or family name listed on the back of the festival T-shirt. Shirts will be sold to the general public at a cost of $12.00 each (+$1 for any additional XL sizing). They will also be worn during the festival by staff and workers and given out as prizes.

Option B: For $250 Sponsor the Kids Activities area. Your logo will be placed on a 2ftx2ft sign on the fence surrounding the main festival area. If you have a banner for your local business That could also be displayed. (depending on the square footage)


Please download the pdf to register.

Featuring the music of The Harmans and Misty Ridge

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