The swallows return to San Juan Capistrano, the buzzards to Hinckley, Ohio, and the ribbers to Warren County.
Sgt Oink Company, Smokin' Joes Hog Wild Barbeque, Aussom Aussie's BBQ Down Under and Dean Wells Hog Wild Bar BBQ returned to peddle their savory fare again, this time at the Warren County Fairgrounds.
A good number of vendors ply wares ranging from t-shirts carrying the message "Meat is murder. Tasty, tasty murder," to Wildtree dipping sauces, spices and mixes that are 100 percent organic, Genuine Jerky from Youngsville and fresh-made ice cold lemonade, likely to be a popular item this year.
Times Observer photos by Rob Andersen
Above, Nathan Hales of Smokin’ Joes Hog Wild BBQ mops some St. Louis-style sauce over a rack of ribs. St. Louis style is thinner, and has more of a tangy flavor than Kansas City style, which tends to be spicy and sweet. On Friday, the professional ribbers will begin cooking with the hopes of impressing the judges.
Eric Mineweaser stopped by the fairgrounds for lunch.
If a cold beer is more to your liking to wash down ribs, Mangione Beverage has a central location just steps from the rib sales, inside a building.
There is a large number of archery displays and sales to support the scheduled tournament, and for the most part they know each other and travel to other tournaments.
Melissa Anderson, director for chamber operations at the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry, spoke about the upcoming Kansas City Barbeque Society competition saying, "It has been designated as the Pennsylvania State Championship Barbeque by the Pennsylvania Legislature and is a qualifier for the national Jack Daniels Invitational and the American Royal World Series of Barbeque."
She added, "The prizes here are a $1,000 grand prize, and a $500 reserve grand. But it's more about the camaraderie and the barbeque culture. And bragging rights. They are a very proud bunch, and they hold their secret recipes close."
Also on Friday, the band Take Five will play from 2 to 4 p.m.
The festival runs through Sunday.