Downtown Leavenworth will be buzzing with entertainment this weekend at the Hog Wild BBQ.
Live music, food, beverages, contests, raffles, activities and the barbecue contest will be featured at the event, which is being co-hosted by Grinders High Noon and Leavenworth Main Street.
The festivities will take place from 4-11 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the 200 block of Cherokee Street.
“It will be a lot of fun,” said Wendy Scheidt, executive director of Leavenworth Main Street. “It’s all free to walk around and enjoy. And the vendors will have great concession items for sale.”
The ReKinective Experience, an aerial/fire/dance show, will perform at 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. adjacent to the music stage behind Grinders High Noon.
“They put on an amazing show,” Scheidt said.
The M80s tribute band will take the stage from 7-11 p.m. Friday. The band plays popular songs from the 1980s.
The Last Chance Band and Tammy and the Tomcats will perform Saturday night at those times.
Numerous food and beverage vendors will be open for business in the food court, including Black Belt BBQ, KC Smashers Lemonades, Mrs. Kettlepop, Kona Ice, Island Spice Jamaican, Grinders High Noon and Leavenworth Main Street.
Many businesses, nonprofit organizations and school groups will have games and activities for children, including face painting and photo opportunities with mascots.
More than 25 teams will be competing in the Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned barbecue contest. Teams will begin smoking their meats on Friday. The awards ceremony will be at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Leavenworth Main Street will offer a People’s Choice BBQ Tasting event from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Tickets are $5 and attendees can taste meat prepared by the contest teams.
Tickets are available at the Main Street office, 406 Cherokee St.
The event also will feature a KidQue for children 15-under beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. Entry fee is $5 per person. Leavenworth Main Street will provide the Angus beef patties and the children will prepare and dress the meat as they desire.
Children participating in the contest should bring their seasonings, special sauces, dressings and buns.
There will be an adult chicken wing eating contest at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Children are invited to enter a tater tot stuffing contest at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The forecast for this weekend is calling for cooler temperatures and rain. On Friday, the high is expected to be 69 degrees with a 90 percent chance of rain. On Saturday, the high is expected to be 68 degrees with an 80 percent chance.
Scheidt said the event will be held rain or shine.