The Heart of Arkansas BBQ Cook-Off is a prime opportunity to sample some delicious barbecue, while supporting Meals on Wheels. This year we are holding the cook-off in conjunction with the Lonoke County Fair on Sept. 23. The Fairgrounds is located at 1006 West Third St., in Lonoke. This event will be sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.

This cook-off is more than a just a cook- off; all proceeds will benefit the Lonoke and Prairie County, Arkansas Meals on Wheels Program. Of course, since it will be located at the county fair there will be plenty of fun, food and entertainment for the whole family. The general public will have an opportunity to become the People’s Choice Judge ,and have the good fortune to savor delicious BBQ made by the cook-off’s talented grillers.

Enjoy your day helping your young chef get started in competitive cooking with our new Heart of Arkansas JR. BBQ Cook-off. We want to start training the next generation of BBQ-ers. To do this, we have added a JR. BBQ Cook-Off for children ages 6 to 16.

Saturday’s fair events kick off with the Mare and Mule Pull, 4-H and FFA Livestock Judging Contest, Lawn Mower Racers and much more, and of course the Heart of Arkansas BBQ Cook-Off.

Competing teams will receive Team Of the Year points. The People’s Choice portion asks that you donate a portion of your BBQ bliss to the public to sample and judge. All proceeds from the people’s choice competition will benefit the Meals on Wheels program. Kansas City Barbecue Society rules and regulations will be used for the competition.

Team Entry is $75 and Jr. BBQ-er entry is $25 per child entering the contest. Cash and Trophy prizes will be awarded.

For additional information on either of these events call Ronnie Evans 501-412-5087, Buster Lackey 501-676-6971, email Visit:

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