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Backyard BBQ Bash Comes to Ridge Ferry May 7-8

Do your friends and family rave about your barbecue? Is your pulled pork the talk of any pot luck you attend? Do you have the best barbecue chicken in Rome?

Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation offers a chance to all local backyard cooks to prove their barbecue is the best around in the 2021 Backyard BBQ Bash on May 7 to 8 at Ridge Ferry Park.

Teams of four can enter to cook Boston Butt or a half chicken and put their cooking reputation on the line as a panel of judges will select the best barbecue. Winners receive cash prizes, cool trophies and bragging rights as the best barbecue cooks around.

Cost to enter the contest is $250 and includes four $35 tickets to the Cody Johnson concert at Ridge Ferry Park on Saturday evening May 8. Full competition rules can be found at our website,, and teams can download the forms and bring them to our offices at One Shorter Avenue to register.

While we appreciate all good barbecue cooks out there, this is an amateur only event. Entry divisions include backyard for families and friends, businesses and non-profits and government agencies. First and second place winners will be announced in all three divisions while one lucky team will claim the overall prize of best BBQ in town.

All teams and spectators will be asked to follow COVID and social distancing guidelines to keep everyone safe.

“We had a great barbecue competition in the past, but it was aimed at professional-level teams. We wanted to emulate that but also ensure that local businesses, schools, civic groups, families and others were the ones competing and winning prizes,” RFPRA Director Todd Wofford says. “And all of the teams get four tickets to the Cody Johnson concert that night at Ridge Ferry Park to help cap off what we know is going to be a great day.”

For more information about the event, please visit our website or contact Lindsey Jones at

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