The International Bar-B-Q Festival is an event held in Owensboro, Kentucky, every second weekend in May  since 1979.  The festival provides an opportunity for sampling many varieties of barbecued meats, including chicken, mutton, and burgoo.  Cooking teams compete for the Governor's Cup, awarded to the team judged to have the best barbecued cuisine.  Other attractions include square dancing, musical performances, and arts and crafts.  The Kentucky Department of Tourism recently (in 2006) projected an expected attendance of 85,000 for the festival. 
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- International Bar-B-Q Festival Home Page
- Commemorative Coca-Cola bottle for 20th anniversary of the festival
- Pictures from the festival featured in Southern Living Magazine
- Festival featured by the Travel Channel
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