Friday, October 7 & Saturday, October 8, 2016



BBQ Contestants

The 13th Annual KCBS Sanctioned Cookin' on the Kaw BBQ Contest sponsored by the KC BBQ Store will be held October 7-8, 2016 at De Soto Riverfest Park. Cost is $210.00 for a 20' x 20' site or $235.00 for a 20' x 40' site after August 1st. Payment secures your site - we cannot hold spots without payment. We have less than 6 sites reminaing - so register today!

Download an Entry Form to register. Contact the Chamber Office at 913-583-1585 for more information. NOTE our fax number is 913-585-1821, or you can scan your form and e-mail to Over $10,000 in cash prizes! Grand Champion payout is $1,500 and Reserve Champion payout is $1,000.00. We will pay to 10th place in the four KCBS categories and to 10th place Overall. Special thank you to the KC BBQ Store for making this possible!


Cookin' on the Kaw Registration Form


Blues and BBQ Booth Layout (subject to change!)


Blues and BBQ Attendees

Come out an enjoy some fantastic blues music and watch BBQ teams in action on October 7th!  You be the judge...for only $5 you can enter the People's Choice Contest sponsored by GreatLife Golf and Fitness at De Soto and sample bbq team's entries and vote on your favorite. Limited to the first 200 tickets sold. You MUST have an admission ticket to enter the park and to purchase the People's Choice ticket. This popular contest always sells out....purchase your tickets in advance! Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a funfilled evening with the BBQ teams and blues bands! Tickets will go on sale in August.

Admission Tickets: Save off the gate prices by purchasing in advance.  You MUST have an admission ticket to enter the festivities. Ticket includes admission into the park, blues concert and visiting with BBQ teams! Gate prices are TBD.

Gates open at 5:00 p.m.

People's Choice Contest sponsored by GreatLife Golf & Fitness at De Soto: Friday, October 7th from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. or until supplies are exhausted. Tickets are $5.00 for 10 samples and are limited to the first 200 tickets sold (You MUST have an admission ticket to enter the park. The People's Choice ticket is not an admission ticket.)

Because of limited quantities, we strongly suggest purchasing your tickets in advance using the "Buy Tickets" option on the website. You can print your tickets at home or buy limited quantities will be available at the Chamber Office. We're already selling these tickets and the People's Choice event WILL SELL OUT - buy online while there is availability!

Friday Evening Festivities:  


There is no charge for admission into the event. There will be food vendors on site. 

There will not be any live music this year. 


Due to the overwhelming popularity of this contest, we are not accepting any additional judges as we are 60+ on the waiting list. Thank you for your interest!


Special Thank You to our sponsors:


The KC BBQ Store


Custom Foods, Inc.

Merck Animal Health

Great Life Golf & Fitness - Burning Tree

Rehrig Pacific

Martin Marietta Materials

Mike's Liquor

AMC Custom Tile

Barks & Bubbles

Marquette Physical Therapy

Shawnee Copy Center



NOTE: No beverages or food of any kind are to be consumed in the parking area. This is strictly enforced. This is a rain or shine event. Vendors will be on site. 



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