The City of St. Robert has plenty of activities lined up during the Kickin’ It 66 Barbecue Challenge, scheduled for March 27 and 28 at the St. Robert Community Center.
The two-day festival includes a professional barbecue competition, an amateur rib cook-off contest for emergency responders, the annual outdoors show and more, all happening inside and around the community center, located at 132 J.H. Williamson Dr. in St. Robert.
“We have barbecue competitors from all over the world coming to St. Robert — it’s going to be a huge thing,” said Amy Zehr, the City of St. Robert’s head of marketing.
For a $200 entry fee, teams can enter the Barbecue Challenge, which will feature competition in five categories, including chicken, ribs, pork, brisket and dessert. The contest, which is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, allows teams to win up to $1,200 for the grand championship prize.
City officials are also conducting a separate EMS Cook-Off for area first responders, who will try to cook up the best rack of ribs.
“The EMS Cook-Off is open to all first responders, from police, fire, paramedics, emergency management — and we would love to get our military units involved, too,” Zehr said. “The entry fee for the cook-off is $20 per team. We’ll give each team two racks of ribs to cook on site. Each team can have as many members as they want.”
Along with the barbecue events, the annual St. Robert Sportsman Show will take place in the community center starting at 5 p.m. March 27 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 28.
The annual show features numerous booths from area hunting and fishing outfitters, guides and other vendors. Several food vendors, in addition to the barbecue contestants, will also be on hand.
“We have quite a few vendors this year,” Zehr said of the Sportsman Show.
Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.
To register for contests, or for more information, call the City of St. Robert at 573.451.2000, ext. 1112 or 1110 or visit https://www.facebook.com/KickinItBBQChallengeStRobert.