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American Royal Association – The 2021 World Series of Barbecue

Kansas Speedway was the site for The World Series of Barbecue on September 17th and 18th. The event is the American Royal Association’s largest fundraiser, which supports the organization’s mission of impacting youth in agriculture through competitive events, scholarships, and education. Was there a big turnout? We’ll sure say so – 475 open teams, 185 invitational teams, and 75 Kids Que competitors. Saturday’s Red, White and Que – a Salute to Service, which featured a flyover, in addition to flag and military vehicle displays, was just one of the many highlights. Oh, yes – this is the world’s largest barbecue competition.

Andrew Baumgartner, Pat Macy, Logan Haines, Chase Carlin, and Michael Harris, award winners


Brooke Orrison, The Shed team


Gordon Lansford, board chairman, Corey Mikes and David Mikes, Fat Boys BBQ team (Photo Credit: Next Level Images)


Sara Befort, Kelli Schrag, Greg Scott, Allyssa King, and Tayler Bacon, American Royal


Pat Burke, Bernetta McKindra, Ardie Davis, and Ray Lampe, BBQ Hall of Fame members


Charlie Tetrick, board member; and Gordon Lansford, board chairman

Also featured in the October 16, 2021 issue of The Independent


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