Grills lighting up in Albert Lea

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ALBERT LEA, Minn. — Grills are fired up at the Freeborn County Fairgrounds.

The Sixth Annual Big Island Bar-B-Que State Championship kicked off today.

Cooks are hard at work preparing brisket, pork, ribs and more for a chance at more than 14,000 dollars in prizes.

More than 50 teams are taking part in the event.

Organizers say it’s a way to enjoy good food and maybe pick up a few ideas of your own.

“It’s an American tradition,” Founder/Coordinator Perry Vining said. “So, this is kind of way for people to celebrate that. And then, learn how other people do it, exchange ideas, exchange recipes.”

The event goes until 10 p.m. tonight and also goes from 11 to 6 p.m. tomorrow, and it’s free to the public.

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