Community Events 

The 9th Valley Veterans BBQ Competition will be held on Friday, May 28th and Saturday May 29th, 2021. We are expecting nearly 50 professional barbecue teams to converge on Valley’s Spruce street to compete for $12,500 in prize money. Friday evening there will be a variety of food vendors (Sauces Bosses BBQ, High Voltage BBQ & Pims Thai Food truck) located at second and spruce streets and they will be ready to serve you starting at 5:30 pm. This event is a fundraiser for the Valley Veterans groups so a free will donation will be collected at the entrances to the beer garden and donated to the Veterans.  We will also be selling raffle tickets for a Green Mountain Grills Davy Crockett pellet grill/smoker with all of those proceeds going to the Veterans.  Brew Coffee House and Tasting room will have live entertainment, "Now & Forever Acoustics" from 6 pm-8 pm and then at 8:00 pm the "Traynr Band" will take the stage in front of the Spruce Street Tavern.   The beer garden will be located on N. Spruce street and will stretch from N. Front St to Church St on the south.   Wristbands will be required for anyone wishing to consume alcoholic beverages within the beer garden area. There will be two wristbands areas within the beer garden..  Beer garden will open at 5:30 and the dance will run from 8:00 pm until 11 pm on Friday the 28th.

During the night or early morning hours Saturday, the teams will fire up their pits in preparation to cook their entries for the actual competition. They will turn in their chicken entry at 12:00 noon, pork ribs at 12:30 pm, pork entry at 1:00 pm and beef brisket at 1:30 pm. These entries will be judged by Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) certified judges as they are turned in and an awards ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial Park at 3:30 pm.   The Pancake man will be flipping pancakes in the Veterans Club on Saturday morning starting at 7:30 am and serving until 10:30.   This will be a fundraiser for the DC West High School Cheerleaders and they will be able to deliver your order right to your spot in the competition area.

Something new to the event this year is the Platte River Challenge.    In conjunction with the Allmand Central Plains Ribfest, (June 19th & 20th, 2021) we are offering additional cash prizes to teams that participate in both the 9th Valley Veterans BBQ Competition in Valley and the Allmand Central Plains Ribfest competition in Holdrege.   There's no additional entry fee to participate in the challenge and you will be eligible for additional prize money in two of the four KCBS Master Series categories as well as an Overall prize payout and trophy to be awarded on June 21, 2021 in Holdrege.  More details will be provided but all you need to do is register and participate in both of the competitions.

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Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Trophies

Competition Field for 2021   

2FishQ     913 BBQ       Against the Grain BBQ      All Forked Up for Q        Blair's Bigfoot

Buffalo's BBQ         Dirt Road BBQ           Double Barrel BBQ          Drifters Q

Fairway Smokers        Fergolicious BBQ       "FNG" Pitmasterz     Gettin' Basted  

Heavy Smoke BBQ       Helping U BBQ       Hidden Booger BBQ        High I Que 

Hogline BBQ        Hot Grill on Grill Action    Hunka Hunka Burnin' Rub      Iowa's Smokey D's

Last Call Heroes BBQ             Love 2 Q          Luscious Loins BBQ             Lucky's Q  

Machete Boys BBQ           Man Meat BBQ            Ol' Smokey            Old Style BBQ

Omaha's Blowin' Smoke      Piggin' Whiskey O.G    Porky Butts BBQ      Score One Smokin'

Shiggin' & Grinnin'               Short Bus Smoking         Sitt 'N Smoke            Slaps BBQ    

Smackin' Butts BBQ         Smokehouse 72      Smokin' Dinger(The Professor of Hogology)    

Smokin' Lefty's BBQ                      Spitfire            Star City Que         Team Brew & Que    

Team Crawford               Totally Basted             Weekend Bum BBQ      When Pigs Die

First Place Trophies

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Thanks to this year’s generous sponsor, Smithfield Foods, we are able to offer a total prize purse of $12,500. Smithfield will be sponsoring the Ribs and Pork categories! Looking forward to a great partnership and a great 2021!

Mark your calendars for Friday May 28th & Saturday May 29th, 2021 on Spruce Street in Valley.