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Third annual barbeque festival this weekend

LAKE PLACID Forty-two of the top barbeque teams from around the country will be coming to town this weekend to compete in the third annual I Love Barbeque Festival (ILBBQF), being held in the Olympic speedskating oval. The teams will be competing for $7,500 in prize money in four different categories of beef brisket, chicken, pulled pork and pork ribs. In addition to the prize money, the squads will also be competing for the title of festival grand champion, and who will be eligible to participate in the American Royal and Kansas City Barbeque national championship, held every year in Kansas City, Mo. Proceeds from the event benefit the Shipman Youth Center of Lake Placid, a nonprofit community organization, which provides support to area youth, ages 10-18. Gates open Friday, July 4 from 5-11 p.m., Saturday, July 5 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday, July 6 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $6, while children under 12 are free.

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