Stay tuned for 2022 information!
This annual event attracts the best BBQ competitors in the country and continues to grow in popularity year after year. The tasty event days are filled with sampling opportunities, food and beverage concessions, children's activities, fantastic live entertainment, and more!
This year's event will take place at the North Elba Show Grounds on Route 73. The change in venue provides more room and opportunities for extra fun this year, including a family-friendly pro wrestling show, sales of cold beer to go with your 'cue, and the Olympic Car Show.
A fantastic raffle will also be held, with a total of $7,500 will be handed out in a random drawing that will help close the event on Sunday afternoon. The Grand Prize will be $3,000. To purchase a ticket, please visit the Shipman Youth Center website and press donate.
Funds raised at the I Love BBQ Festival are donated to a local not for profit organization. This year, the funds will be donated to the Shipman Youth Center in Lake Placid. USA Luge organizes the event as a way to say thank you to the community. Your taste buds will be saying thank you, too!
2021 tentative schedule of events
*Please note times and bands may change.
- 11:00 AM – Gates open
- 12:00 pm - 12:10 pm National Anthem of USA and Canada
- 12:10 pm – Music performance by Mad Dog
- 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm – Music performance by Wickmore Jazz Trio
- 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm – Music performance Ursa and the Major Key
- 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm – Music performance by JT Cubbanah
- 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm – Pulled pork competition (public tasting – pulled pork prepared by competitive teams) pay $3 get 2 oz. to taste
- 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm – Music performance by Larry Stone
- 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Music performance TBA
- 6:00 pm - 6:20 pm – Free style BMX bikes Krusher Stunt team performance
- 6:20 - 7:00 pm – Music performance TBA
- 7:20 pm - 8:00 pm – Music Performance TBA
- All day children’s fun inflatables attractions, food, beverages available to purchase, other vendors.
- 8:00 pm: Doors close
- 11:00 am — Gates open
- 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm – Music performance by Crosswinds
- 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm – Music performance by Scott Sileo
- 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm – The Best Ribs in the East People’s/Buck a Rib - Choice Award - Pay $1 get 1 rib (public tasting event – ribs prepared by competitive teams)
- 2:00 - 2:20 — Free style BMX bikes Krusher stunt team performance
- 2:20 - 3:00 pm — Music performance by Amber in Green
- 3:20 pm - 4:00 pm - Music performance by Dos En Uno
- 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Performance Arts Connection presents professional wrestling with stars like Crusher Bigelow (Hardcore Icon), Scrap Iron (The Iron Man of PAC) and others
- 6:30 pm – All teams participating in KCBS Competition meet with KCBS Master Judges
- 6 - 6:20 — Free style BMX bikes Krusher stunt team performance
- 6:20 - 7:00 pm – Music Performance TBA
- 7:00 pm – Award Ceremonies – Pulled pork competition, The Best Ribs in the East, Quinn Family Barbecue & Hot Sauce Competition, Top Chef, Youth World BBQ championship, Kids in the kitchen.
- 7:20 pm – Music performance by Car Rubino
- All day children’s fun inflatable attractions, food, beverages available to purchase, other vendors
- 8:00 pm – Doors Close
- 11:00 am - 5:00 pm — Olympic Car Show
- 12:00 - 1:00 PM – music performance by Pat Duffy
- 1:20 pm - 2:00 pm — Music performance TBA
- 1 - 1:20 pm – free style BMX Bikes Krusher stunt team performance
- 1:20 pm - 2:00 pm – Music performance TBA
- 2:20 pm - 3:00 pm - Music performance TBA
- 3:20 pm - 4:00 pm Music performance TBA
- 4:00 pm – Award ceremonies and raffle drawing. Awarding of the ILBBQF Grand Champion & New York State Champion.
- 5:00 pm – ILBBQF event is over but gates to remain open for food sales till vendors close.
- All day children’s fun inflatable attractions, food, beverages available to purchase. Other vendors.
Tickets are sold there the weekend of and cannot be purchased in advance. $6 per day per adult. Children 10 and under are free.
For more information, visit the I Love BBQ Festival website.