July 19 5:30 pm - July 20 9:30 pm
Lincoln Park
310 E 4th Street, Waterloo,

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Two days of Award Winning BBQ and Music at Lincoln Park in Waterloo!

Friday, July 19th from 5:30 to 9:30 pm.
Saturday, July 20 from 11:00 am to 9:30 pm.

The blues performances are free!

This KCBS (Kansas City Barbeque Society) Sanctioned Barbecue contest features nearly 40 contestants competing in the categories of pork, brisket, chicken and ribs with awards given Saturday at 3:45 pm.

On Friday, July 19, the 2018 Iowa Blues Challenge Winners, Scotty and the Wingtips take the stage.

Also on Friday, the annual Steak Cook-off competition starts at 5 pm, followed by the annual Kid’s Q starting at 5:30 pm. The Kid’s Q features children ages 6 thru 15 showing their culinary skills in chicken and ground beef categories.

The free "Kids Korner" will be open Friday 5:30 to 9:00 pm, and Saturday noon to 4 pm with free children’s activities.

On Saturday, the celebrity rib eating contest starts at 5:30 pm featuring KCRR's James Patrick!

Three blues bands will perform on Saturday, July 20. Taking the stage at 11:00 am is blues legend Rob Lumbard with Tina Haase Findlay. Rob and Tina won the 2018 Iowa Blues Challenge in the solo/duo category and represented Iowa at the 2019 International Blues Challenge.

At 2 pm Saturday, it’s the Avey Grouws Band. This band hits hard with a soul for Blues, Rock and Roots/Americana. They are the winners of the 2017 Iowa Blues Challenge and represented Iowa in the Semi Finals at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

Headlining the BBQ’Loo and Blues Too on Saturday evening at 6:30, is Chicago's "Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials."

For more information, please call the Main Street Waterloo office at 319-291-2038 or visit www.mainstreetwaterloo.org.