Barbecue festival heats up with new competition

The scholarships can be used over four years toward a bachelor's degree in any of the college's areas of study, such as Hospitality, Resort and Tourism Management, or Culinary Arts and Service Management.

"This gesture is guaranteeing our youth a barbeque and culinary future," said Paul Smith's College Provost Richard Nelson. "This year and every year to come, Lake Placid's I Love Barbecue Junior World Championships will extend its hand to the youth of the world."

The ILBBQF is an annual three-day event at the Olympic Speed Skating Oval in Lake Placid, with all proceeds benefiting the Thomas Shipman Youth Center.

"For the last three years, ILBBQF raised over $60,000 for the Shipman Youth Center," said Feld. "This event would not be possible without the generous support of many local businesses, local government agencies, Lake Placid Central high school, civic organizations and volunteers."

The festival begins on Friday evening, July 3, and features weekend-long adult grilling competitions, cooking demonstrations by area chefs and barbecue team pit masters, and children's activities. There will also be plenty of live music with two appearances by Zydeco music legend C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, as well as performances by ten different area bands.

The World Junior Barbecue Championships take place on Saturday, July 4. An entry form and complete rules are available on the festival's Web site, www.ilbbq.com with an entry deadline of June 25.

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