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October 8 -- Partin Park in Lyons was filled with thousands of people Saturday for the 2nd Annual Real Squeal BBQ and Music Festival and once again it did not disappoint as the weather, the music, and the barbeque were absolutely perfect.  Saturday’s Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned professional event featured 39 teams competing in 4 categories for a total of $15,000 in prizes.  Each participating team was required to cook chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket.  

{mosimage}The Grand Champion in this year’s professional event and the winner of the $2,000 top prize was the team of from Santa Rosa Beach, FL.  Byron Chism of (shown with Alexa Britton of the Lyons Better Hometown Office,)says this was his first time at the Real Squeal and the event was excellent.  “I think it is an excellent contest.  There is a lot of hospitality in the true southern nature.  Of course it’s a great time of year to be cooking.  Anytime you don’t have to turn on an air conditioner and you can just open up a window and enjoy the great outdoors and enjoy the camaraderie and the people and passersby.  Its been a great experience and I look forward to coming back.”  

Reserve Grand Champion and winner of $1,500 was Myron Mixon of Jack’s Old South from Unadilla, GA.  Winners of the individual categories were Uncle Chet’s BBQ in the chicken category, Butt Naked and Smokin’ in the Ribs category, EJ’s Q in the pork category and in the brisket category.    

After a long day of preparation and cooking on Friday, the amateur participants had to wait until Saturday at Partin Park for the winners to be announced.  The Grand Champion of the amateur event was Competition Smokers who won the individual rib category as well as the overall event.  The Reserve Grand Champion prize went to The Grill Life who also won the chicken category.   

Another popular event was the People’s Choice competition on Saturday at Partin Park where public tasting of participating team’s Boston Butt barbeque was conducted and the team of BS & J’s was named the winner.   

A soccer tournament was added to this year’s Real Squeal: BBQ and Music event with games being held all week long leading up to Saturday and the winner of the soccer tournament was the team sponsored by KJ’s construction.   

Don’t forget to start planning now to be a part of next year’s Real Squeal: BBQ and Music festival on the first weekend in October as it promises to be even bigger and better.