Save the date for the 4th Annual Naptown barBAYq

| March 5, 2015 | 1 Comment

2015 barBAYq 4x6 postcard FRONTMark your calendars for the 4th Annual Naptown barBAYq Contest & Music Festival, to be held Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, in Crownsville, MD. The Festival is a family affair and will feature a barbeque contest, great food, libations, over forty bands will perform continuous live music from three stages, plus, activities for all ages and arts and crafts vendors. The People’s Choice competition will be held on Saturday, May 3rd from 2:30-5pm, or until the pork runs out.

With the generous support of the community and over 12,000 attendees, the Parole (Annapolis) Rotary Foundation, Inc., raised over $75,000 at the 2014 event, which was donated to local kid charities. According to Henry Riser, 2014-15 Festival Director, “The 2014 Festival was a huge success and we are looking forward to raising the bar even higher in 2015! We’re all working hard to make next year’s event even better…more delicious barbeque, more music, more kids’ activities…just more.”

The Naptown barBAYq Contest & Music Festival is a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned event. Over 60 teams will compete this year for cash prizes and trophies in the categories of Chicken, Ribs, Pork, and Brisket. The overall winner of the 2015 Naptown barBAYq Contest will be named the Grand Champion of Maryland. The winner of the Peoples’ Choice will be announced on Saturday.

In the four years, the Festival has generated over $200,000 and provided grants to Anne Arundel Medical Center Pediatrics Emergency Inpatient Unit, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, and numerous other local children’s charities.

“We are a service club that significantly improves lives in our local community and around the world by meeting real needs. Through the work we do at the Festival and all year long, our club makes a positive difference for youth today, so they will make a difference tomorrow, that’s our mantra summarizing our mission and goals,” explains Riser.

In addition to the barbeque contest and music, the festival hosts a Kansas City Barbeque Society Judging School, held on Sunday, May 3rd from 11am-3pm. Attendees will receive KCBS certification and a KCBS Certified Barbeque Handbook.

Tickets for the Festival are $10 per day, if purchased before April 25, 2015, $15 after that. Kids under 13 are admitted free. People’s Choice tickets are $10. For more information about the Festival or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please visit our website at www.barBAYq.com.

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