‘Big Island Bar-B-Que’ makes some changes

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – A southern Minnesota town will be dealing with the smell of barbecue in the air this weekend.

The seventh annual Big Island Bar-B-Que is taking place in Albert Lea, featuring live entertainment, food and more.

More than 50 teams from five states will be working to earn themselves $10,000.

New this year, is the chance for the top winner in each category – chili, barbecue and dessert – to earn a spot at the World Food Championships in Las Vegas.

“We have cooks here from Kansas and all over and they could go to Vegas too, but in your heart you’re going, I hope the local guy wins, I hope a local lady makes the best chili. It feels really good to have that opportunity to do that,” said Perry Vining with the Big Island Bar-B-Que.

Another addition is the “Kid’s Cue” on Friday night.

“We have kids from seven to eleven in one age group and then 12 through 16. Younger age cook hamburgers and the older kids do steak. We give them a grill and we let them cook. No parents can help,” Vining said.

The event runs from 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

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