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Barbecue Days is July 16-17 at rodeo grounds

Prescott Barbecue Days will be July 16-17. July 4 is typified by the "World's Oldest Rodeo," but two weeks later 25 professional barbecue teams will invade the rodeo grounds.

These teams come from various Southwestern states to compete for $8,500 in prizes, trophies and bragging rights of the best barbecue in Prescott.

The festivities kick off at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 16, with a barbecue dinner and dance in the rodeo grandstands. Attendees will get a sample of the barbecue to come with renditions from Jube's BBQ. The "Cheektones," a local dance band, will again provide music. This occasion also will give a sneak preview of the barbecue competitors with names such as Rhythm 'n Que, Otis and the Bird, Slap Yo' Daddy BBQ and Loot N' Booty.

On Saturday, beginning at 10:30 a.m., the event begins. This year, $5 entry tickets will include two "taster tickets" and will include two stages with live music and other events. Two large tents will provide shade and entertainment with displays from local nonprofits, including the Highlands Center and the Smoki Museum, along with other sponsors. The Kids' Zone will be open for children, and amateur barbecuers also will compete at the Backyard Throw-down. Young aspiring barbecue enthusiasts will not be left out with a youth competition called the Kids-Q.

Prescott Sunup Rotary is sponsoring this benefit for Yavapai Regional Medical Center's new birthing unit and other Prescott charities. Visit PrescottBBQdays.com for more information.

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