Tri-state BBQ Festival


The Dothan Convention and Visitors Bureau will be hosting an event this summer that should appeal to people who like to eat and compete.

Officials announced plans Wednesday for the first ever Tri-state barbecue festival.

The event is scheduled for June 23rd and 24th at the national peanut festival fairgrounds.

Thirty professional teams are expected to compete for a $2000 grand prize.

There will also be plenty of food, arts and crafts and entertainment to help attract people from all over.

"It is all about economic impact. When you've got people that will stay in your motels that will eat in your restaurants that will gas up their vehicles that will shop in you malls--all of that contributes to the city's economy" said Cynthia Green, Dothan Public Information Officer.

A special back-yard division will allow local chefs to compete against each other for braggin' rights.

To register or for more information, call 793-0403.

If you're not the do-it-yourself type, you can still sink your teeth into some pretty good barbecue over the next few days and its all for a good cause.

Covenant Hospice is selling Boston Butts in the Big Lots parking lot near the intersection of West Main Street and Ross Clark Circle in Dothan.

You can pick one up through noon on Saturday.

Last year event raised more than $30,000 dollars to help provide hospice care to those who cannot afford it.