The Flint Hills Beef Fest Committee announces that the "Beef Fest Blues and Barbecue" is back for it's second year and is now a sanctioned event. It is a two-day barbecue competition held August 17th&18th at the Lyon County Fairgrounds in Emporia. A live blues bank will perform Friday night beginning at 8 p.m.

The KCBS sanctioned barbecue cook off starts with check in and inspection beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, August 17th.

Judging will take place early Saturday afternoon. There will be six categories in the competition: beef brisket, ribs, sausage, chicken, pork butt, and misc. beef. Contestants can enter individual categories or all six for the grand championship. Entry fee is $25 per category or $75 for all six categories. Prize money will be awarded to the top five places in the overall competition. Ribbons will be presented to the five place finishers in the individual categories. First place grand champion will be awarded $250, second place is $100. For entry forms and complete competition rules contact Beef Fest Blues & Barbecue event coordinator, Joe Endres at American Electric in Emporia at 620-343-3821 or the Flint Hills Beef Fest voice mail at 620-343-4741. Entry forms and rules are also available at Farm Credit Services located at I-35 & Burlingame Road in Emporia.

Lawrence Wright and The Outlets blues band will perform Friday evening beginning at 8 p.m. Lawrence began playing when he was seven years old. By the time he was 20 he had formed his own nine piece show band. By the late 80's Wright retired from music. After a four year hiatus, he returned to the stage better than ever. In May of 1996, Wright asked Mark Eakin to put together Kansas City's hottest Blues Band. Mark did just that, and the Outlets were born. Later that year Wright was inducted into the Mutual Musician's Foundation as an Elder Statesman at the '96 18th and Vine Blues and Jazz Festival. Wright was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kansas City Blues Society for more than 40 years of playing the Blues in K.C. On June 23rd, 2001, Lawrence was crowned as "The Kind of the Blues" at the 2nd annual Kansas City, KS Street Festival. These guys will get you on your feet, throwing your cares away.

Tickets for Friday evening's Flint Hills Beef Fest activities can be purchased at these ticket outlets: East Emporia Veterinary Clinic, 602 Exchange; Emporia Veterinary Hospital, 710 Anderson; Jim's Cowboy Shop, 312 Commercial; Lyon County Extension Office, 618 Commercial; Western Shop, 918 Graham; and Farm Credit Services, 1221 E. 12th. These tickets include a barbecue dinner in the Anderson Building beginning at 6 p.m. the Ranch Rodeo at 7 p.m. and Lawrence Wright and The Outlets at 8 p.m. Adult tickets are $8, children 10 and under are $4. Call the Flint Hills Beef Fest at 620-343-4741 or visit our Website at www.beeffest.com.

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