Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark will host the seventh annual Stokin’ the Fire BBQ Festival Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Sloss Furnaces.
A world-class barbecue competition will be the highlight of the event. The contest includes more than 50 local all-amateur teams. Entrants compete in two divisions: Backyard Grillers, graded by volunteer and KCBS judges, and People’s Choice, judged by the public.
In addition to the barbecue battles, the festival includes demonstrations by the Sloss Furnaces metal arts staff, a kids’ zone and beer sampling from the Free the Hops cook team.
Musical performers are Culture Dred, New Grass Troubadours and The Rhythms. The Association of Cajun Music Enthusiasts will offer dancing demonstrations while featuring music from Lil’ Malcolm and the Zydeco House Rockers.
Barbecue sampling for the People’s Choice competition will be from noon to 5 p.m.
Proceeds will benefit the Sloss Furnaces Foundation and victims of the April 27 tornados.
VIP tickets are available. For more information on the festival or to order tickets, visit slossfurnaces.com/stokin or call 324-1911.