Spooky and smoky! Boooo-B-Que by The Sea a showcase Halloween treat

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Boooo-B-Que by The Sea, featuring nationally known barbeque teams and numerous other activities including the annual Sussex Outdoors Summit, will be held Oct. 30-31 at Delaware Seashore State Park.

BETHANY BEACH – In the shadow of the Indian River Inlet Bridge, Delaware Seashore State Park will span the spectrum of excitement, entertainment and meaty competition Halloween weekend.

Delaware State Parks, Sussex Outdoors and numerous sponsors and supporters are set to welcome the Kansas City Barbeque Society and the first Boooo-B-Que by The Sea next Friday and Saturday.

Nationally-famous barbeque teams from along the eastern seaboard and several Delaware teams will aim to “meat” the challenge and judges’ votes in quest of top honors.

“Some of the best barbecue teams on the east coast will be competing,” said Snow Hill resident Sandy Fulton, a KCBS board member who has staged a number of sanctioned barbeque events. “I assure you if you have never witnessed a KCBS event you will be truly impressed at the professionalism of these teams.”

“I think it’s a great opportunity for southern Delaware and Sussex County, certainly different than Punkin Chunkin but we’re getting that national exposure through the Kansas City Barbeque Society,” said Sussex Outdoors spokesman John Hollis. “It’s just real exciting with all of these nationally prominent teams coming to compete for the state championship.”

The entry list includes Massachusetts’ Smokin Hoggz, last year’s winner of the Kansas City Royal – KCBS’s version of the Super Bowl – held every year in Kansas City with over 600 teams participating.

Many Grand Champions of past competitions are in the field, such as Serial Griller, Aporcalipis Now, Sauce This BBQ, and 3 EYZ. Some teams have and are competing for the national honor which will be announced in Kansas City in January.  Delaware entries such as Pig Headed BBQ, Bethany Blues, Finn’s Finest and All Qued Up will vie for First State championship honors.

The family-oriented event will play to a Halloween theme, with various activities for children, live music, an auction for low-digit surf fishing tags, recognitions and award ceremonies including one saluting Delaware State Parks as a national Gold Medal winner will augment the barbeque competition.

Spectator admission typically is $5. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

Boooo-B-Que By the Sea will support programs such as Child in Nature and initiatives of Sussex Outdoors, an extensive campaign geared toward encouraging individuals, families and children to be physically active in promoting healthy lifestyles.

The 5th Annual Sussex Outdoors summit will kick off the event Friday morning.

“Then we merge into festival part,” said Mr. Hollis.

The Friday afternoon/evening’s schedule features Dogfish Head national recognition, People’s Choice Wing competition, a trick or treat for children and stage entertainment.

Meanwhile, teams will be preparing their barbeque, cooking continuously through the night culminating with judgment day on Saturday.

Saturday’s schedule includes a 5K run/walk, stage entertainment, low-digit surf fishing tags auction orchestrated by State Rep. Dave Wilson, awards for best costume/booth decoration among barbeque teams, reports by Gov. Jack Markell on Delaware’s national bicycle ranking and national honors earned by Delaware State Parks, recognition ceremonies and the crowning of this year’s barbeque winners.

Official barbeque teams will invest upward of $1,000 apiece for meat alone for this competition.

“It’s not a bunch of guys getting together in a backyard barbeque. It is the real deal,” said Mr. Hollis. “It’s a huge event for Sussex County, and we can profile our beautiful state parks.”

“I am truly honored to be asked to organize this competition and I know that this prestigious event will grow even more over the years and become a signature event for Sussex County and the State of Delaware,” said Ms. Fulton.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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