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2023 Ozarks BBQ Fest
June 09 - June 10, 2023
Join us for TWO DAYS of BBQ heaven!
This event is open for ALL AGES!
$10 in Advance, $15 Day Of
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Things you need to know for Ozarks BBQ Fest


NO PETS - unless service animals.


What is the DATE of the event? Friday June 9 5pm till 11pm & Saturday, September 10th 11am till 6pm.

Where is the event being held: at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds - 3001 N. Grant in Springfield Mo. in the NORTH WOODS. Enter through Gate 2 on Norton Rd. and we will have shuttles taking you from the parking lot to the event.

What does it cost to attend? Advance tickets save you $5 (purchased on the web site www.ozarksbbqfest.com – before June 9). $15 admission at the gate, kids 6 and under are free!

Will there be BBQ Sampling? YES - There will be close to 20 BBQ Sampling Stations at the event (offering FREE sampling of Pulled Pork) and food and drinks will be available for PURCHASE at the event from various food and drink vendors.

Will there be entertainment at the event? Yes, we will have live music for you to enjoy on the stage. Friday night features The Grasshopper Unit and Red Light Runner and Saturday features Tuner Hunter Experience and Bad Mojo.

Can I bring a cooler? Sorry, but NO outside food or drinks allowed.

Can I bring my pet? NO - Service animals ONLY. This is a FOOD event and the risk for accidental bites from dropped food are the reason for this ruling. Yes, we love pets but we hate the possibility of someone getting their fingers mistaken for a snack. For this reason, we ask that no pets be brought to the event -Service animals are the ONLY exception.

Can I bring my lawn chairs/blankets? Yes, we encourage you to bring your blanket or a chair and enjoy the day with us.

Where is parking & how much does it cost? Inside Gate 2 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. $5 per Car to park.

Will there be an ATM on site? YES, we will have an ATM on site.


Ozarks BBQ Fest

The Ozark Empire Fair Foundation proudly announces the Ozarks BBQ Fest June 9 & 10, 2023 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.

Held at Ozark Empire Fairgrounds located at 3001 North Grant Avenue, Springfield, MO. Enter through Gate 2 located on Norton Road.

Ticket pricing is $10 in advance or $15 at the gate - per person, per day. Kids 6 and under are Free.

Both nights are open to all ages.

BBQ Samples Both days – Friday 5pm till 8pm / Saturday 1pm till 6pm or we run out.

Friday evening will feature great LIVE music from The Grasshopper Unit: A Beastie Boys Tribute and Red Light Runner.

Saturday will start off with a KCBS Sanctioned BBQ Competition, LIVE music from Turner Hunter Electric and Bad Mojo.

KCBS Awards at 4:30pm.

Parking is $5 per vehicle.

This is a Rain or Shine event.

The stage, vendors and food & drinks to purchase are under an open air pavilion out of inclement weather.

This is a Rain or Shine event. You are welcome to bring your own chairs to sit in, NO outside food, drinks or coolers allowed. No pets, service animals only.
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Ozarks BBQ Fest Logo
2023 Ozarks BBQ Fest
June 09 - June 10, 2023
Join us for TWO DAYS of BBQ heaven!
This event is open for ALL AGES!
$10 in Advance, $15 Day Of
We would like to invite you to be a part of the Ozarks BBQ Fest, June 9 & 10, 2023 held at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield MO.
We are offering a $20,000 Pay Out

KCBS Team Applications and Payouts, click HERE


So, you are the king of the backyard grill, and think you have the best BBQ in the Ozarks?
Enter the 2023 Ozarks BBQ Fest Backyard Griller Competition and put your Grilling skills to the test!

This competition is for the amateur home griller, NO KCBS Teams or team members are allowed to sign up for this Competition. You bring your grill (gas, charcoal, pellet, wood) and set up to cook Burgers and Poultry for a chance to win cash and prizes!

Ozarks BBQ Fest Backyard Griller Competition is held Friday night June 9 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield MO.

Backyard Griller Competition Rules & Entry Form

Call us at 417-833-2660 to find out how to get your company involved in this great event!

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Need more information about Ozarks BBQ Fest?

Please contact Larry Krauck by E-Mail:
Or call them at (417)833-2660 Monday - Friday from 9:00AM - 5:00PM

KCBS Judging Requests can be sent to the Judging Coordinator.
Jim Altic | JimAltic@gmail.com
Please e-mail your requests and be sure to include your KCBS CBJ number, phone number, city and state.

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Kansas City Barbeque Society

Company Name

Ozark Empire Fair Foundation

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