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December 12, 2013

Barbecue Festival coming to London in March 2014

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Anticipation mounts as plans get underway for London's first-ever Grills Gone Wild Barbecue Festival. This newest event has been presented by the Inferno Group Corp. to the London-Laurel County Tourist Commission and will take place March 28-29, 2014 at the Laurel-London Optimist Club.

“The London-Laurel Tourist Commission is very pleased to welcome the Grills Gone Wild Kentucky State Championship Barbecue Festival to Laurel County… We understand that to be sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society and to be declared a Kentucky State Championship by Governor Beshear is huge in competitive barbecue circles. We are honored Grills Gone Wild chose London and Laurel County for this event,” said Rodney Hendrickson, co-director of the tourist commission.

“We're excited to bring a new event to southeast Kentucky. We are one of only two State Championship competitions to the state. We hope this will bring a lot people to London. People have watched BBQ Pitmasters on TV, now we are bringing a little bit of that action here,” said Travis Moody, president of Inferno Group.

The event will include live music, a carnival, concession stands, cooking demonstrations and much more. Come experience the excitement of teams competing in this State Championship cook-off.

The competition - with a prize purse of $5,000 - will be fun for everyone.

Make plans to come Friday, March 28 to watch things get started, and stay over through Saturday to enjoy the competition and entertainment.

This is a KCBS (Kansas City BBQ Society) sanctioned event, where the teams will serve up their best ribs, chicken, beef brisket and pork.

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