Smokin’ good time planned for Saturday

    Final touches have been placed on the events that will fill most of Saturday as Imperial’s third annual Smokin’ on Broadway arrives.
    With activities centered at the city office complex between 7th and 8th Sts., on Broadway, organizers say there will be something for everyone.
    Admittance to the grounds will be through gates along Broadway between 7th and 8th Sts., where arm bands will be attached for those 21 and older.
    Organizers started Smokin’ on Broadway in 2016 with the simple idea of creating a barbecue contest in Imperial. Each year, competitors prepare and slowly smoke hundreds of pounds of mouth-watering brisket, pork ribs, pulled pork and chicken.
    Contest coordinator Jack Schnieder said 11 will compete in the BBQ competition, and 10 are registered for the Baked Beans Contest. He said five new competitors are in the BBQ contest this year.
    Teams and individuals will by vying for cash prizes in both the BBQ and beans contests. Beans contestants were scheduled to receive beans Wednesday, while BBQ contestants get the four meats Friday at 9 p.m.
    Many other events have been added since 2016, making it a fun-filled day of activities.
    As of Tuesday, the Iron Skillet contest had nine competitors registered in the appetizer and 10 in the dessert category. Contestants will be given three ingredients Thursday at 5 p.m. to use in their creations. They’ll bring their finished dishes for Saturday’s judging starting at 11:30 a.m.
    Samples of the BBQ and Iron Skillet food will be available after each event.
    A new competition this year doesn’t involve cooking, but rather, eating.
    The Hot Wing Challenge, sponsored by Pizza Hut, will provide 10 wings to participants, seeing who can eat them the fastest as each wing is hotter than the previous one.


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