No better way to kick off the summer than with a barbeque! The Naptown barBAYq Contest and Music Festival was held last month at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville. Over 12,000 people from the Mid-Atlantic came out to enjoy live music, great food and a barbeque competition. It was a family affair with live music on two stages, activities for all ages, arts and crafts vendors and cooking demonstrations.
It was perfect weather for the 41 teams competing for the title of “Best Barbeque in the State of Maryland” “Chix, Swine and Bovine” took Overall Winner and received a proclamation from the Governor’s office. The contest was sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) and judging was based on appearance, taste and tenderness. The teams competed in the categories of chicken, pork, ribs and brisket and the winners can be found on the festival website (www.barBAYq.com).
“We did it for the kids,” says Don Chomas, Festival Director. “Profits made from the Festival will go to the Pediatric Emergency Inpatient Department at the Anne Arundel Medical Center and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Summer Camp Scholarship Program”, says Chomas. “Our vision is to assist youth today so they can make a difference tomorrow. It is highly appropriate that we have selected these great local benefactors”.
The KIDS KORRAL was an enormous hit with the little tykes offering free entertainment including a Moon Bounce, face painting, arts and crafts, balloons, free carnival games and prizes. Live Music both days from over 25 bands lit up 2 stages with Alternative, Acoustic, Blues, Celtic, Classic Rock, Classical, Country, Jazz, Zydeco and more. Plus, numerous regional artists and craftsmen were on hand offering jewelry, pottery, photography and artwork. There truly was something for everyone!
Mark your calendars for the 2013 Naptown barBayq for the first weekend in May. For more information about the event and the Parole Rotary Foundation, please visit www.barBAYq.com, Facebook by searching “Naptown barBAYq,” follow on Twitter @barBAYq, or search YouTube for “Naptown barBAYq.” For more information about the Festival, contact Don Chomas, Festival Director at 240-432-3903 or [email protected]
Photo: Chix, Swine & Bovine BBQ campsite – Grand Champion of the Naptown barBAYq.