LAKE PLACID - Barbeque teams from throughout the United States, Canada and even Great Britain will return to the Olympic Oval in Lake Placid next weekend to fill the air with the sweet smell of barbeque and hickory smoke.
The fourth annual Lake Placid I Love Barbeque Festival begins Friday, July 3, at 5 p.m. and continues throughout the weekend with live music, games, and, of course, some of the best grilled treats ever tasted in the Adirondacks.
"I can't think of any better way to spend the July 4th weekend than with family, friends and barbeque," stated the festival's director of operations Dmitry Feld. "This is an event that's created to bring together the community and family to celebrate all that's American... barbeque, plus raise money for an important organization."
Proceeds from the three-day food fest benefit the Shipman Youth Center of Lake Placid, a not-for-profit community organization providing support to children and youth ages 10-18. Now in its fourth year, more than 8,000 people have attended the event and raised more than $20,000 per year. A new addition to the weekend festival is the first-ever junior world championship barbeque competition. During the junior world championship event, barbequers between the ages of 16-21 will compete for big scholarship money from Paul Smith's College.
The gold medal winning team and individuals will receive a $10-thousand scholarship from the school, while the silver medal winning team will earn a $6-thousand scholarship and the third place team a $5-thousand scholarship.
Although the school specializes in hospitality, resort and tourism management, culinary arts and service management, the teams can use the scholarship money for any of the college's programs of study.
"This event has taken the festival to a new level and is another reason for people to come to Lake Placid and to this event," remarked Feld.