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International Bar-B-Q Festival hits O'boro in two days


The City of Owensboro says the layout of the International Bar-B-Q Festival is a little different from last year, but it's not because of construction in downtown Owensboro.

"It's just a required taste around here in Owensboro, especially with the TV exposure we've had. A lot of people are coming out of town for Bar-B-Q Fest," says Keith Cook, Old Hickory Bar-B-Q's manager.

Cook knows his Bar-B-Q. He and the rest of the staff at Old Hickory Bar-B-Q are in the final hours of preparation. 

"It takes a lot of work. Over the next few days we won't really have any time off. We will be working, all of us, anywhere between 10 and 16 hour days. We have to slow cook all our meat. We have to cook them all day and all night, 20-22 hours," Cook says.

His place isn't the only one making adjustments for the festival. Organizers have been working for months preparing the layout of the event. 

Ongoing construction on Allen Street means a few changes have to be made.

"It's a change every year. Every year we have construction going on down there. Hopefully this year it will work out the same. The more streets that are open, the more people that can fit down there," Cook says.

The city says this years layout won't be different because of the construction, but this year arts and crafts vendors will be set up along Veterans Blvd and Smothers Park will be open to the public.

The city says they are hoping good weather this weekend will bring people downtown.

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