One of the team's members, Mike Grudzinskas, passed away suddenly last year, and this year's people's choice award for "Best Ribs in the East" will be awarded in his memory following the Buck-a-Rib event 1-3:30 p.m. July 3 where visitors can sample ribs cooked by each team for just $1 apiece.
Saturday, July 3 also marks the second annual I Love Barbecue Junior World Championship, which has expanded this year to include a youth division for ages 12-15.
In addition to great food, the festival also features plenty of entertainment. Zydeco musician C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band return to headline a slate of performers from both near and far.
"I can't wait to come back and perform again," said Chenier. "The people, the food, the Olympic village of Lake Placid and, of course, the hospitality of the ILBBQF organizers make this event very special."
General admission to the festival is $6 for adults, while children 12 and under will be admitted free. For more information, visit the festival Web site at www.ILBBQF.com.
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Zydeco legend CJ Chenier will be among the many live performers at the fifth annual Lake Placid I Love Barbecue Festival next weekend. The event raises thousands for the Thomas Shipman Youth Center each year.
A member of the Lost Nation Smoke Company from Vermont preps several racks of ribs for the Buck-a Rib event at last year's I Love BBQ Festival in Lake Placid.
Photo by Mike Shaw
2009 ILBBQF live performance schedule
Friday, July 2:
4 p.m. - Loud and Stupid, Lake Placid, punk and heavy metal.
5 p.m. - Element, Lake Placid, progressive rock.
7 p.m. - C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band
9 p.m. - Stan Oliva, Keene, blues.