• Fun for the whole family! Never leave hungry.

    2012 Fun
  • Cook with the best of them at this years competition.

    2012 Cook
  • Come for the competition stay for the food!

    2012 Food
  • Winners from the 2012 Smoke on the River.

    2012 winners

2014 Smoke on the River

Friday and Saturday September 5 & 6

Entering it's 8th year, Quincy's Smoke on the River barbecue contest continues to grow among pit masters.

"It's an event held right on Quincy Bay, with plenty of space and pavement to park on" Said 2014 event chairman Jimmy Louthan.

The event, sponsored by the Exchange Club of Quincy, has more than doubled in size since its inception eight years ago.

Exchange is the country’s oldest service organization operating exclusively in the United States and sponsors activities designed to benefit, award and develop our nation’s youth, promote crime prevention, serve senior citizens and recognize military and public safety service providers. Exchange also promotes Americanism programs, and its national project is the prevention of child abuse

Once again, Smoke on the River will feature music and activities in addition to all the food. The event features pit masters from Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Indiana. Watching the teams set up shop, Awerkamp said, is one of his favorite parts of the weekend.

Certified judges will be taste-testing the barbecued offerings from Smoke on the River contestants . The grillers will be fighting for a top prize of $6,500. The award ceremony is scheduled for about 3 p.m. Saturday.

All proceeds will go toward various Quincy Exchange Club projects


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