Nothing screams summer like a good old fashioned barbecue surrounded by family, friends and neighbors. And what better way to spend a Saturday than by attending the Lacey Chamber’s South Sound BBQ Festival taking place at Huntamer Park, Saturday, July 7, from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., made possible by top tier sponsor, Fred Meyer.

Lacey South Sound BBQ Cook Off
Watch professional chefs bring the heat at the annual Pacific Northwest Barbeque Association Cook-Off and purchase sample tickets to try the goods. Photo courtesy: Lacey South Sound Chamber

Delight your senses by tasting mouthwatering dishes served up by multiple food vendors, including The Tailgate BBQ, The Old Red Barn, Lucky Eagle Casino, Nisqually Red Wind Casino, Corn Dogs of the World, Ricardo’s Food Truck, Momma’s Way Smokehouse, Roamin’ Stone Wood Fired Pizza and Ben and Jerry’s. Or, wander the non-food stalls and chat to experienced professionals from a range of industries, including financial institutions, colleges and universities, doctor and dentist offices, specialty boutiques, media companies, home services and more. For a full list of vendors, visit the South Sound BBQ Festival website.

Would you like to win a prize for simply attending? The Chamber has created a vendor map called the Pit Pass, which gives you instructions to meet up to 15 vendors during your experience. Once you complete this activity, you can drop off your Pit Pass to the 94.5 Roxy Radio booth near the main stage to enter to win a prize! In addition to this fun activity, there is a tear-off ballot at the bottom of the Pit Pass for attendees to vote on their favorite festival food vendor. Simply tear off this ballot and drop it into the orange bucket near your favorite food vendor!

Little ones can burn off that summertime energy at the Kids’ Zone brought to you by Molina Healthcare, where they can get their faces painted, play in a bouncy house, climb a rock wall, or tour fire engines from Lacey Fire District No. 3.

Lacey South Sound BBQ ACU Chicken Wing Contest
The all-ages chicken wing eating contest is sponsored by America’s Credit Union and is always a huge hit. Photo courtesy: Lacey South Sound Chamber

Don’t miss the all-ages chicken wing eating contest, brought to you by America’s Credit Union (ACU) taking place on the main stage at 1:00 p.m. and emceed by 94.5 Roxy Radio host Jerry Farmer. Interested participants must visit the ACU booth to sign up.

Another returning favorite is the live professional barbecue cook-off adjacent to the festival put on by the Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association (PNWBA). At the competition, patrons can sample the pit master’s food by purchasing $2 bite-size sample tickets at any Festival Informational Booth.

Adults can enjoy a fresh, cold beverage in the Chicago Title-sponsored beer and wine garden by heading to The Hub at Lacey next to Ricardo’s, open from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Libations will be provided by local distributors, including Well 80, Top Rung Brewery, Stottle Winery, Sandstone Distillery and Madsen Family Cellars. Light bar bites will be provided, or for those needing a little more sustenance, visit the Chamber Brat Booth to purchase good old fashioned brats or a Chicago dog.

Lacey South Sound BBQ Live Music
Rock out to live music from multiple local bands at the festival main stage or in the beer and wine garden.
Photo courtesy: Lacey South Sound Chamber

Whether you like rock & roll, blues, or funk, the South Sound BBQ Festival has you covered. Various acts will be gracing the festival main stage and in the beer and wine garden, so grab your dancing shoes and enjoy live music from Jake & Tieme, Lemmings, Four Stroke Ride, and Exit 88.

The South Sound BBQ Festival has free admission and parking, so bring blankets, chairs, the family, and an empty stomach and kick off summer right at this beloved community event.

Visit the Lacey South Sound Chamber website or their Facebook page for updates, or call 360-491-4141 to contact festival organizers.

This event wouldn’t be possible without the support of the following sponsors: Fred Meyer, FASTSIGNS, ThurstonTalk, Chicago Title Co., Hands on Children Museum, Media Marketing Solutions, The Hub, L&E Bottling Co., Deschutes Print & Stitch, American Family Insurance Co., Washington Orthopaedic Center, Ricardo’s, Bibbity Bobbity Balloons, Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, Mutual of Omaha, D Zines: Creative Solutions & Graphic Designs, America’s Credit Union, 96.9 KAYO & KGY Radio, SPSCC, 94.5 Roxy Radio, Premier Power Electric, Molina Healthcare, Mixx 96.1, Columbia Bank, and Little Creek Casino Resort.

Lacey South Sound BBQ Beer and Wine Garden
Adults 21 and over can enjoy locally crafted beer and wine at the Chicago Title-sponsored beer and wine garden until 8:00 p.m. Photo courtesy: Lacey South Sound Chamber

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