The International Bar-B-Q Festival is just two days away in Kentucky, and preparations for the event are already beginning to pop up around Owensboro.
Some of the carnival rides and concession stands have already arrived near West 3rd and Locust Streets downtown and are ready to be set up for the festival.
Organizers say the rides will open around 5 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday.
The official opening ceremonies will take place on the Family Stage located at 2nd and Daviess Streets at 4:30 p.m.
Arts and crafts vendors will be set up on Veterans Boulevard and business park vendors will be located on 2nd Street.
Other special events happening on Friday include the cooking team balloon toss and pie eating contest, both of which start at 6 p.m.
The beer garden opens at 5 p.m. and there will be live music throughout the night.
As usual, the downtown stores and restaurants will be open according to their business hours.
On Saturday morning at 8 a.m. a 5K run-walk will take place at English Park.
Participants are welcome to register by 7:30 Saturday morning.
This is also when the cooking teams will be set up around the courthouse square.
Judging takes place at 2 p.m., the new serving time is at 3 p.m., and the awards will be given on the Miller Stage.
The backyard cook-off at 3rd and Frederica Streets begins much earlier at 7 a.m.
Also happening on Saturday: the bench press competition at Woodward's Cafe and the car show.
Just like on Friday, concession stands, vendors, and many others will be set up in the area that's being used for the festival.
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