I Love BBQ and Music Fest returns

— The aromas from the pit bosses will once again waft from the Olympic Speed Skating Oval in Lake Placid when the seventh Annual I Love BBQ and Music Festival, benefitting the Thomas Shipman Youth Center in Lake Placid, returns June 29 through July 1.

The I LOVE BBQ Junior World Championships will take place on Saturday, June 30, while Grand Champion and New York State Championship titles will be decided on Sunday, July 1. Paul Smiths College of the Adirondacks will offer $20,000 in scholarship money for the medal winners in the junior world championships. All three events are sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, which is offering $8,000 in prize money, the most in the history of this event.

USA Luge, the national governing body for the sport in the United States, helps support the organization of the annual event as a means of giving back to its home community.

A new pit boss, Danielle Bennett Dimovski, has been added to the 2012 festival program. Known as Diva Q, the resident of Ontario, Canada, was the 2011 World Champion of Pork and is widely recognized as one of her country’s best. An active competitor and judge, Dimovski has been a guest on the Today Show, Rogers Daytime TV in Canada and Canada a.m., as well as a recent stint on BBQ Pitmasters on TLC.

Daily admission is $6 for adults; children under 10 will be admitted free of charge.

Festival patrons can sample the many barbecue delicacies during the weekend. There will be a pulled pork tasting event on June 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. for $3 per person. A $3 Rib Fest, where the general public can sample the best ribs in the east, will be offered on June 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. It was formerly known as buck-a-rib, and is held in memory of former festival competitor Mike Grudzinskas.

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