Compete or eat at the annual BBQ battle

Whether you plan to enjoy the battle or get in there and compete, mark  your calendar for the 8th Annual City of Oak Park and Oakland County Parks and Recreation BBQ Battle rib competition at the Oak Park Community Center grounds Saturday, June 16.

The event, held 11 a.m.-8 p.m., is free for spectators. In addition to the BBQ Battle, there will be kids’ activities, nature programs, music, mini-pub, grilling demos and, of course,  barbecue fare offered by vendors not in the competition.

The BBQ battle competition is limited to 36 teams. Entry is $50/team. Competitors may use wood, charcoal or gas. Registration deadline is June 9. Teams check in 7-9 a.m. the day of the competition and judging begins at 3:30 p.m.

Teams will compete for $1,500 in cash prizes. For more information, contact Jeremy Brown, 248-326-4900, or Maralee Rosemond at 248-691-2357.

The Oak Park Community Center is located at 14300 Oak Park Blvd. in Oak Park.

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