Featuring live entertainment and savory barbecue dishes, the Bikes, Brews and Barbecue Rib Cook-Off is slated June 22-24 at Wheeling Heritage Port.
The third annual event includes a variety of barbecued ribs, chicken and more to eat, free and live musical entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, and the cook-off competition. There will also be an area designated for the parking of motorcycles.
The event, which kicks off at noon Friday, is a collaboration of Valley Harley-Davidson, Carenbauer Distributing and the committee of the Ohio Valley Black Heritage Festival, which will be held June 24 at the port.
Photo by Shelley Hanson
Preparing for the Bikes, Brews and Barbecue Rib Cook-Off are, from left, Chairman Bill Brooks; Megan Simcox, Valley Harley-Davidson events coordinator; Carl Carenbauer, owner of Carenbauer Distributors; Cook-Off Chief Judge Bob Davis; and Cook-Off Judge Doug Hennen.
Cook-off competitors have a chance to win a $500 cash award from Valley Harley-Davidson and the first-place Carenbauer trophy. The second place winner will receive a $150 cash award and a second-place trophy from WesBanco. There is also a third-place trophy from WesBanco and a people's choice award. Winners will be announced at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Chief Cook-Off Judge Bob Davis described the event as a good time for the entire family. He encouraged people to come out if they haven't tried it yet.
''It will be a new experience for people. I think they will enjoy it,'' Davis said.
Cook-Off Chairman Bill Brooks said this year's event has more musical acts than ever.
''It has the largest variety of music for free at the port,'' Brooks said.
Friday and Saturday's entertainment begins at 3 p.m. Scheduled acts include The New Silver Eagle Band, Mark Gorby Trio, Country Variety Band, Loretta & Elli, The Joseph Sisters, White Collar Criminals, N-Soul Deep, Hot Pursuit Band and The Rock featuring Jenny Radigan.
Cook-Off Judge Doug Hennen, a Carenbauer office manager, said he is looking forward to tasting competitors' dishes.
''It's fun watching the other judges ... '' Hennen said.