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Welcome to our 2nd annual KCBS BBQ State championship competition. The Leadville/Lake county chamber of commerce is excited to host a family, fun filled weekend of tasting BBQ and fine local micro brews, topped off with live music. Along with the BBQ event there will be a family zone with numerous activities.

All this, only 100 miles from the Denver metro area, on Harrison ave, the main street in Leadville Colorado, the highest city in Colorado.

Festival opens on June 24th 2018, Friday morning with the National Anthem at 10:00 AM. Live music on the stage starts at 12 noon, at the south side of Main Street, Harrison avenue. Located between the historic Silver Dollar Bar and the Tabor Opera House, there will be local and front range bands " rocking the boulevard ". And as one might expect, fresh BBQ prepared by some of the countries best pitmasters to indulge your taste buds on. Follow it with a great micro brew to wash it down. As we at the Chamber of Commerce believe this is a family event, to be enjoyed by all ages, we will also be sponsoring a "kids Q" for the children. Cost of Each Kids entry is $25. Starting at 4:00 Friday afternoon children ages 5 to 15, accompanied by an adult can compete by cooking a meat of their choosing, on a small weber grill to be judged and scored for a chance at a trophy and cash. Please see the website for entry forms and details.
Music and gorging on some of the best BBQ to be had continues until 9 PM, and resumes the next day, Saturday the 25th. Starting at 10:00 again, BBQ enthusiasts can again indulge to their hearts desire. Music continues at 12:00, with an awards ceremony at 4:00 for the BBQ competitors. Food sales continue till 5:00 PM. All competitors are requested to be off the street by 8:00 PM.

Want to stay for the weekend? Plenty of camping, hiking, fishing and 4 wheeling available, for you to explore the surrounding mountains in your own unique way.
High Altitude Tips:

The altitude in Leadville, Colorado, is 10,152 feet above sea level, with area mountain peaks reaching more than 14,400 feet. Altitude illness can affect anyone, regardless of age or physical condition, at altitudes above 6,000 feet. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids, and avoid alcohol, caffeine, and strenuous exercise the first few days of your visit. If you experience shortness of breath, a persistent headache, nausea or vomiting, seek medical attention.

Due to the high elevation and thinner air, there is less natural protection from the sun here. With an average of 310 sunny days each year, sun protection is a must.