Some of the nation’s top BBQ masters will be in Cameron Friday and Saturday for the annual Crossroads BBQ Contest. Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Cameron Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michelle Faggerstone:

Michelle Faggerstone

“We have 42 teams scheduled to be here. They will start showing up on Friday, July fifth and some of them will start cooking on the fifth,” Faggersone said. “They will participate in our taster’s choice contest. We have pork loins donated to us, and they cook them all day and then bring them back and we split them up, people taste them and then vote on their favorites. The winning team will win $150.”

The contest is affiliated with the American Royal and is sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society. Faggerstone stated that some of the top BBQ-ers in the county are attracted to the annual competition.

“We usually have about 3,000 to 5,000 people come out to the downtown district of Cameron,” Faggerstone added. “The actual contest iotself place on Saturday, but not a lot of the public shows up for that. Most people come out on Friday night. On Friday night we have entertainment from the local dance company performing, and the fabulous Torques will be performing. They are a 50’s and 60’s band.”

There will also be vendors selling fair-type food throughout the festivities, but no BBQ sales will take place. The events will get underway at 7:00 o’clock on Friday in downtown Cameron.