Barbecue Again The Highlight For Osage City’s Smoke In The Spring

There’s going to  be lots of smoke in the air.

At least that’ll  be the case Friday and Saturday at Jones Park in Osage City.

“It’s the  11th annual Smoke in the Spring State Barbeque Championship Friday  and Saturday, April 11 and12, with a full slate of activities for everybody, but  good eatin’ of the most distinctive smelling gourmet will be the highlight for  most,” announced Corey Linton, event coordinator, dedicated enthusiast and  director of the Osage City Parks & Rec, official sponsor.

“Over the past  ten years, the Smoke in the Spring has expanded into one of the premier barbecue  contests in the Midwest attracting teams and judges from 20 states as far  away as Hawaii,” Linton pointed out.

Smoke in the  Spring is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, and is designated as a  state championship offering more than $10,000 in prize money.

Corey Linton, director of the Osage City Parks & Rec, is organizer for the Smoke in the Spring state championship barbecue competition and related activities Friday and Saturday, April 11-12, at Osage City. Right, Linton is with last year’s state grand champion: Grillin' Beavers from Thornton, Colorado. (Photo by Jeremy Gaston/Osage County Herald-Chronicle.)
Corey Linton, director of the Osage City Parks & Rec, is organizer for the Smoke in the Spring state championship barbecue competition and related activities Friday and Saturday, April 11-12, at Osage City. Right, Linton is with last year’s state grand champion: Grillin’ Beavers from Thornton, Colorado. (Photo by Jeremy Gaston/Osage County Herald-Chronicle.)

“Osage City has  created a signature barbecue event for teams and judges, and a community event  Osage City and the entire Osage County can support and embrace,” Linton said.  “Our goal is to annually offer participants, judges, sponsors and the public the  very best barbecue competition possible.”

In addition to  selection of grand and reserve grand champions, there’ll be winners in chicken,  ribs, pork butt and brisket divisions.

Last year was  even more special, because Smoke in the Spring was selected by the Destination  America TV Show, “BB@ Pitmasters” to host a special episode for the highly  popular nationally-viewed program.

“Our episode  winner, Lynnae Oxley, Portland, Oregon, and the 2013 Smoke in the Spring reserve  champion Rod Gray, Leawood, and top ten finisher Dave Bouska, Chandler,  Oklahoma, ended up competing on the BBQ Pitmasters Grand Finale, with Rod Grey  named as the grand champion,” Linton proudly proclaimed.

While barbecue  is the feature, the Taste of Osage City offers the chance for everyone to get a  taste of what’s cookin’. “Everybody is invited to this special Friday evening  sampling showcasing the barbecued meats from Smoke in the Spring,” Linton  explained.

Starting at 5  o’clock, selected teams will sell their barbecue with tickets available on site.  There’ll also be music by Downward Spiral at the Osage City Parks & Rec Building starting at 8  o’clock.

Additional  attraction is the Fly-In at Osage City Airport both days with vintage,  specialty, experiment and combat airplanes expected to be there. “Come out to the airport  run way and view the planes,” Linton invited.

The Cruis’n & Cook’n Auto Show is set for downtown Osage City on Saturday, and there’ll  be a production of Peter Pan Junior Saturday evening at the high school  auditorium.

Complete details  are available at www.smokeinthespring.com.

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