Summer Heats up During Town of Frisco’s 16th Annual Barbecue Challenge

The Main Street to the Rockies Hosts National Contest

FRISCO, Colo.--()--Town of Frisco brings the time-honored American tradition of barbecue back to the Rockies when it hosts the 16th annual Barbecue Challenge on June 19 and 20, 2009. Follow your nose to the backyard grills, barbecue barrels and smokers lining Main Street for this two-day event, where teams from across the country compete to grill the best barbecue this side of the Mississippi. There are plenty of activities for families to enjoy including pig racing, the “kid’s kook-off” contest, live bands including Marcia Ball on Saturday night and a bouncy castle.

“The Barbecue Challenge is Frisco’s best-attended event,” said Tim Bock, Town of Frisco spokesman. “As the smoke rises above our picturesque town, contestants will offer finger-licking barbecue fare that runs the gamut from beef, ribs and pork to delicacies like tofu and alligator. And of course, there will be plenty of family-friendly festivities for attendees to enjoy.”

The event kicks off on Friday, June 19 at noon, with live music beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Historic Park Gazebo. “Frisco Bucks” tickets may be purchased from ticket booths on Main Street to buy food and drinks from contestants, vendors and restaurants throughout the weekend.

The fun continues on Saturday, June 20:

  • Pancake breakfast from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • Lip-smacking barbecue fare sold from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Riotous pig races from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Live entertainment beginning at 2:00 p.m.
  • Marcia Ball plays from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Barbecue awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m. with more than $15,000 in prizes
  • Party from 3:30 p.m. at happy hour with drink specials from participating bars and restaurants until midnight

This year’s event will feature zero-waste stations and a $1.00 beverage discount for customers who reuse their plastic drink cups. Past events in Frisco using the zero-waste stations diverted 71 percent of the waste from landfills through recycling and composting.

More than 50 teams competed in last year’s event, providing food to more than 22,000 people. Frisco raised nearly $60,000 at the two-day event sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Frisco Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Restaurant Association Education Fund (CRAEF). CRAEF primarily funds the ProStart programs statewide for high school culinary education and provides scholarships for continuing culinary education.

For more details about the barbecue challenge, lodging specials and activities, visit Frisco’s barbecue page at

The Town of Frisco is seventy miles west of Denver on I-70. For more information, visit Frisco’s website at or call 1-800-424-1554.


Town of Frisco
Grace Markley, 303-394-2366


Town of Frisco
Grace Markley, 303-394-2366