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Food, Family, Farming, Football Returns for Second Year

August 30, 2019

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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University School of Agriculture and the University Union Board will host the second annual "Food, Family, Farming, Football BBQ" competition Saturday, Sept. 14 in Q-Lot, just off University Drive in Macomb.

The event will be held during tailgating, prior to the Leatherneck football game against Montana State University on Hanson Field.

The event is a ribs and brisket competition for teams using a wood, charcoal, electric or propane smoker and this year's event includes a student division.

Guests may purchase tasting tickets to sample ribs and brisket and vote for their favorite. A panel of judges will also select the grand prizes in a variety of categories. Tasting tickets are for sale for two for $5 or one for $3. Football tickets are $10, or free for WIU students with valid identification. Event t-shirts are also for sale.

Last year's inaugural "Food, Family, Farming, Football BBQ" competition saw the sale of 2,000 tasting tickets and 600 T-shirts.

This year's event is sponsored by Smithfield, Sodexo, Citizens Bank, a division of Morton Community Bank, Compeer Financial, the McDonough County Farm Bureau and the Hancock County Beef Association.

For more information about the event, competition rules, or to purchase tasting tickets, visit

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