At Prairie Park in McLouth
¢ Wristband night at carnival
¢ Carnival and other activities
¢ Barbecue contest begins
¢ 7 a.m., McLouth Crackerjacks 4-H Club breakfast
¢ 2 p.m., Finger painting in barbecue sauce
¢ Other events: pie baking contest, motorcycle show, horseshoe pitching competition, Ford truck display, Life Star helicopter and remote-controlled airplanes.
For more information: www.mclouthbbq.com.
Some unique bulldogs will be available for purchase Saturday at the McLouth BBQ Blowout.
The McLouth Parent Teacher Organization will sell 30 concrete McLouth High School bulldogs during Saturday's festivities.
The 30 bulldogs, each of which weighs about 8 pounds, were painted by MHS art students, as well as McLouth Elementary School students and others in the community.
Melissa Jolley, outgoing PTO president, said the organization purchased the statues from an area statue company for $300.
Proceeds from the auction will go back to PTO.
"We're real excited," Jolley said. "We hope people will come out and bid on their children's bulldogs that they decorated."
The bulldogs will have names of the classes that decorated them attached to the statues so parents will know which bulldogs their children helped decorate, Jolley said.
The auction is expected to last from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 3 p.m., Jolley said.
Of course, the auction is just one of several events slated for the barbecue festival.
The 17th annual barbecue competition itself will be Friday and Saturday, but festivities begin today at Prairie Park with a carnival, which will continue through Saturday. The BBQ Blowout is a Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned event and this year will include a contest for novice barbecue smokers. Other events include a motorcycle show, barbecue finger painting for youths, horseshoe pitching competition and various displays.