The 2014 Grand Lake BBQ Festival & Championship is happening on May 16th & 17th in beautiful Langley, Oklahoma thanks to the efforts of the South Grand Lake Lions Club.

And you can be sure…this isn’t just a bunch of locals getting together to smoke some meat. No way.

This is a full-on, officially sanctioned Kansas City Barbeque Society event and has also been recognized by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin as a State BBQ Championship!

There are cash prizes for Grand Champion, Reserve Champion and Category Champions, plus trophies, plaques and – most importantly – bragging rights!

And if you think you’ve got in you to compete with the big boys…well here you go. Here is the official entry form.

2014 Grand Lake BBQ Championship & Festival

But don’t let all this talk of competition fool you. This is a fun-filled event for the whole family that also supports a great cause.

100% of the proceeds from the 2014 Grand Lake BBQ Championship go to support the South Grand Lake Lions Club and, more specifically, the Weekend Warrior Backpack Program.

The Weekend Warrior Backpack Program feeds kids from local schools every single weekend for the whole school year to make sure they have food to eat on the weekends. The SGLLC is very proud of programs like this, and events like the 2014 Grand Lake BBQ Championship go along way to support this program.

Of course there will also be great stuff for the kids as well with a free kids zone with coloring contests, bubble gum contests, hula hoop contests, face painting, drinks & hot dogs, sidewalk chalk art and more.

At this year’s event expect 35 teams to compete in the BBQ competition and over 25 vendors to be on hand with all sorts of great stuff from throughout the Grand Lake area.

There is also a beer tent, free Head Country samples, and live music throughout the two day event.

Also, for those teams that are coming from out of town to compete, there are on site RV Hookups with outlets available on a first come, first served basis.

If you are interested in competing or becoming a vendor – or a corporate sponsor – contact Darrel Hicks at (918) 261-5422 or visit the event website for all the details at http://www.grandlakebbq.com.

You can also get your tickets early and save a little money. Advanced tickets are available at Valley Nation Bank (formerly Bank of the Lakes), Grand Lake Medical Center in Langley, and Langley Tag Agency.

Tickets are $8.00 in advance and $10.00 at the gate.

Friday Night is Adult Night at the Grand Lake BBQ Championship with the Don White Band performing from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. On Friday night, bring your own drinks.

And Saturday is Family Friendly Day, with Darrel Lee performing live, the Kid Zone, Food Vendors, Shopping and BBQ Awards.

So come on out to the Langley Ball Fields on Friday and Saturday, May 16th & 17th, for the 2014 Grand Lake BBQ Championship and support the South Grand Lake Lions Club and the Weekend Warrior Backpack Program while enjoying some of the best BBQ you will ever eat!