BBQ Events Boosting Local Economies Across Colorado This Summer!

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That smoke you see may not be what you think! 

Barbeque  competitions continue to be hotter than ever – generating revenue and fun for towns all over Colorado and the United States.

The events bring more than good food, fun and entertainment ; they have a direct and indirect economic impact on the towns or organizations that host them.

Research shows that a typical out-of-town visitor spends $257 per day in the barbeque host community. That average expenditure varies depending on the geographic locale and the size of the event.

There will be dozens of sanctioned and unsanctioned BBQ competitions across  Colorado this summer.  The last two Memorial weekends,  I’ve  participated  as both a judge and  demo cook at the  “Blues, Brews and BBQ” at the Beaver Creek Resort in  Avon, Colorado.  Thousands attended both years   boosting revenue at area retail and lodging establishments. The teams themselves add to the impact at many local businesses as they purchase meats, supplies and overnight lodging.

It is this kind of economic success that is driving many towns and organizations  to enter the barbecue arena for the first time. While they may have to start small, they  still reap benefits from holding barbecue competitions. In Colorado, attendees will often find a brew fest held in conjunction with the barbecue competition.This is a great way to boost attendance!  Usually  attendance is free, but tickets must be purchased to sample the food and beer.  One that is coming up in my backyard is the   “BOULDER COUNTY BREWBQ FESTIVAL & FUNDRAISER”,   with proceeds going to the Boulder Rotary club and scholarships for the YMCA of Boulder Valley scholarship fund. Don’t miss this fun event!     http://www.ymcabv.org/ymcaweb/brewbq

Other BBQ competitions taking place in Colorado this summer include:

PUEBLO                 “BOATS, BANDS AND BBQ”                                                               June 5th and 6th, 2015  http://puebloriverwalk.org/events1/

FRISCO                ”22ND ANNUAL COLORADO BBQ CHALLENGE                              June 19th & 20th, 2015    townoffrisco.com/play/colorado-bbq-challenge/general-info/ 

LEADVILLE           “ON THE MOUNTAIN BBQ & BREWFEST”                                       June 26-27, 2015        http://www.chamberorganizer.com/Calendar/moreinfo.php?eventid=165748

ARVADA           “ARVADA  ON TAP – CRAFT AND BBQ FEST”                                   July 24th and 25th  http://www.kcbs.us/event/5695/arvada-on-tap—a-craft-beer-bbq-fest 

ALAMOSA        SLV BEAT THE HEAT – BBQ, BREWS AND CHILI                          July  31st  & August 1st, 2015  www.slvbeattheheat.com/

CONIFER        CONIFER MOUNTAIN BBQ CHALLENGE                                       August 14th and 15th, 2015    www.conifermtnbbq.org

PARKER        SMOKIN’ BREW BBQ                                                                     September 4th, 5th & 6th,  http://www.smokinbrewbbq.com/

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