It's almost time for the 7th annual Smoke on the River Barbecue Contest, sponsored by the Quincy Exchange Club and sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. The event will be held at Quincy’s Kesler Park on Friday, September 6 and Saturday, September 7.

Some 40 contestants or “pit masters” will be cooking up a BBQ storm as they compete for prize money in different categories. Friday night will feature the opportunity to purchase great food and beverages to go along with music as Blues favorite Dave Chastain will perform on The Dock’s stage from 7 to 11 p.m. with a cover charge of only $5.

Saturday, September 7, the cooking competition will run from 10 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m. with plenty of great BBQ food and beverage available. All proceeds will go toward various Quincy Exchange Club projects. For more information go to