Department of Tourism
Bar-B-Q Aromas and Music Will Fill the Air at Owensboro Festival

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 03, 2006  
Contact Information:  Bob Adams

OWENSBORO, Ky. – Lovers of bar-b-q and music ranging from country to bluegrass and blues will find something to quench their appetites at Owensboro’s 28th Annual International Bar-B-Q festival May 11-13.

Using hickory-stoked fires, experienced bar-b-quers will cook up a sizzling mountain of chicken, mutton and bubbling burgoo to feed an estimated crowd of more than 85,000 festivalgoers.

Meanwhile, a classic car show, carnival rides and several beauty pageants will provide entertainment for festival regulars and first-timers of all ages.

The bar-b-q cooking competition will test the skills of teams of amateur chefs who vie for the coveted Governor’s Cup. A host of other contests will provide opportunities for weight lifters, horseshoe pitchers, balloon tossers and pie eaters to show off their skills.

Runners and walkers can test their speed and endurance in the annual 5K Run/Walk.

All proceeds from the three-day event go to charities and non-profit groups in the Owensboro area, said Rick Walls, co-chairman of this year’s festival. The efforts of nearly 100 volunteers make the event possible, he added.

The musical entertainment will take place on three stages: one at the Executive Inn Rivermont and two others on Frederica Street in downtown Owensboro.

The music kicks off Thursday night at 6 p.m. at the Executive Inn stage with the Wildman & Randy Lanham 4 and the Winters Brothers Band. The musical entertainment continues on all three stages starting at 3 p.m. on Friday and all day Saturday. Performers will include country artists Blake Stamper & Irene Goodnight, rockers Stellar Kin, blues players daMud Cats and many others.

Music continues each night until 1 a.m.

For more information about the International Bar-B-Q Festival, visit or call the festival hotline at 270-926-6938 or the Owensboro-Daviess County Tourism Commission at 800-489-1131.