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 at least $10,000 in prize money. Friday evening there will be food vendors intermingled on Spruce Street with the competition barbecue teams and will be ready to serve you starting at 5:30 pm. This event is a fundraiser for the Valley Veterans groups so a $5 per adult or $15 per family admission will be collected and donated to the Veterans.  We will also be selling raffle tickets for a pellet grill/smoker with all of those proceeds going to the Veterans.  The Spruce Street Tavern will be hosting a beer garden and street dance on Spruce street.  Beer garden will open at 5:30 and the dance will run from 8:00 pm until midnight 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. Access the following for more information: 

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.

2021 BBQ Registration Form (PDF) 

2021 BBQ Competition Area Map (PDF)

Credit Card Payment - Bureau Code:  3658434

Currently Registered Teams:

913 BBQ         1881 Smokin' Iron BBQ      Porky Butts BBQ    Score One Smokin'  

Short Bus Smoking       Slaps BBQ     Team Crawford   Team Brew & Que   Drifters Q

Sitt 'n Smoke    2FishQ


Thanks to this year’s generous sponsor, Smithfield Foods, we are able to offer a total prize purse of $10,000. 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.