LAKE PLACID Organizers of the June 30-July 1 second annual Lake Placid, NYI Love Barbeque Festival (ILBBQF) announced Monday, April 9, that they have already filled the 30-team field. The field contains 20 new teams. I think that this event is well on its way to being recognized as one the premier barbeque festivals in the country, noted festival chairperson Carole Zeske. To grow from 15 teams the first year to 30 the next is remarkable and to have so many quality teams apart of this event is a testament to what this event has already become and what it will continue to become. The I Smell Smoke barbeque team from Fitzwilliam, N.H., will look to defend their ILBBQF grand championship crown against barbequers from Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Vermont. One of the teams competing for the first time in Lake Placid is Cancer Sucks Chicago of Chicago, Ill., winners of the 18th annual Jack Daniels World Championships. The team tours the country competing in various barbeque festivals to increase awareness and raise funds in support of research, treatment and the elimination of cancer and to provide support to organizations committed to enhancing the quality of life for those affected by cancer. The teams pit boss, Scott Johnsons wife, Corliss, passed away from the disease in Feb. 2003. The 30-team field will be competing for $7,500 in four categories of beef brisket, chicken, pulled pork and ribs, plus the title of grand champion and New York State champion. As a New York State champion, that team will earn an automatic bid into the Oct. 4-7 28th Annual American Royal Barbecue Festival in Kansas City, Mo. After winning last years ILBBQF grand championship and New York State title, I Smell Smoke went on to compete in last years American Royal where they finished fourth in the Open, competing against more than 550 other barbeque squads. The teams will also compete for $1,000 in Fridays High Peaks Ford Midnight Grillin Bash. Its exciting to have Governor Spitzers office declare our festival a state championship event, said Zeske. I think that it continues to show how important this event is to the area, and by declaring it a state championship, well continue to bring in the best teams year after year. Proceeds from the ILBBQF will once again benefit the Shipman Youth Center of Lake Placid, a not-for-profit community organization, which provides support to area youth, ages 10-18. Last years ILBBQF raised in excess of $23,000 for the Shipman Youth Center. For more information on the Lake Placid, NYI Love Barbeque Festival, visit their Web site, www.ILBBQF.com.