• 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

2013 Smoke on the River

Friday and Saturday September 6 & 7

Like the event itself, the reputation for Quincy's Smoke on the River barbecue contest continues to grow among pit masters.

"We have a good reputation for being right on the river," 2012 event Chairman Art Awerkamp said. "They like that they're on pavement and not in the grass like they are at other events. They like the atmosphere of the event."

The event, sponsored by the Quincy Exchange Club, has more than doubled in size since its inception seven years ago. Last year's event drew 39 participants.

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.

"It's fun to see guys with this huge equipment roll in," he said. "It's just a hobby for them."

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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