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Families, Foodies, and BBQ Fans Invited to Experience World’s Largest Barbecue Contest  
Featuring Over 550 BBQ Teams Competing to Win World Championship of BBQ

Kansas City, MO (September 4, 2014) – This October 3rd-5th, the American Royal Association welcomes over 550 barbecue teams from around the world to the American Royal 35th Annual World Series of Barbecue® Championship contest. The annual event, presented by UMB, is the largest barbecue contest in the world, with thousands of pitmasters from around the globe competing for trophies, prizes, and the prestigious title of Grand Champion of world’s toughest top barbecue championship – the American Royal World Series of Barbecue Championship. 

This annual barbecue event is the world’s most popular and highly attended barbecue event hosted by a not-for-profit organization that raises funds for scholarships and educational awards for youth. Over 54 acres in the in the Historic West Bottoms of Kansas City are transformed into the world’s largest celebration of barbecue, featuring family-friendly events, cooking demonstrations from culinary experts, live music, interactive entertainment, and a Kids Korral with mutton busting, a petting zoo of exotic animals, and face painting. 

The three-day festival celebrates all things barbecue – from its rich history in Kansas City to the latest and greatest developments in grilling, smoking, and preparing championship quality barbecued meats. Combine these with a barbecue-related trade expo and the World Series of Barbecue Championship contests and this popular destination event earns its title as the World Series of Barbecue®!

The American Royal is also home to the Barbecue Hall of Fame®. All attendees are invited to witness the Induction Ceremony for the newest members of the Barbecue Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 4th at 7:00pm. The 2014 Induction Ceremony, presented by Weber with additional sponsorship provided by YETI Coolers, features Guy Fieri as the Master of Ceremonies and special presentations for each of the 2014 inductees: 
Celebrity/Humanitarian: Ray Lampe aka “Dr. BBQ”,
Pitmaster: Pat Burke of Apple City BBQ, and
Business/Industry: Henry Perry aka “The Barbecue King”.
Information about the 2014 inductees and the Barbecue Hall of Fame can be found at www.BarbecueHallofFame.com.

“We are proud to continue the tradition of celebrating the history of barbecue and Kansas City, and look forward to hosting a myriad of fun family-friendly events in connection with the World Series of Barbecue Championship contests”, said Bob Petersen, American Royal President & CEO. “We invite everyone to experience one of the finest barbecue events in the world while simultaneously supporting the American Royal by raising funds that support youth and education.” 

The World Series of Barbecue Championship is a “must attend” event for competitive pitmasters and backyard barbecue enthusiasts alike. The competition is intense – world-renowned pitmasters and top-ranked BBQ teams compete in regional contests throughout the year, and the American Royal is considered the season finale for teams in the competitive barbecue circuit. The Open Contest, presented by Joe’s Kansas City, consistently draws the largest number of contestants, which makes it the toughest contest to win in the world of competitive barbecue. The Invitational Contest, presented by KC Masterpiece, has become the most acclaimed contest each year because only teams earning a Grand Championship in other state and designated contests are allowed to compete. Thus, the winner of the KC Masterpiece Invitational Contest becomes the best of the best in barbecue.

Press Contacts: 

Jennifer Brand                                                   Jeremy Povenmire
(636) 448-2953                                                  (816) 569-4047
JBrand@BrandSolutionsGroup.com                 JeremyP@AmericanRoyal.com

About the American Royal’s World Series of Barbecue® Championship 
The American Royal World Series of Barbecue Championship, presented by UMB, is one of the most popular and highly attended events on the professional barbecue competition circuit. It is organized and hosted by the American Royal Association, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that has been a Kansas City tradition since 1899. Each year more than 270,000 people attend events at the American Royal Complex. In 2013, the Royal was able to give $1.4 million in scholarship and educational awards. In addition to its educational mission, the American Royal generates some $60 million of economic impact, $4.4 million in local tax revenues, and supports 450 jobs. The 2014 American Royal is presented by Bayer HealthCare Animal Health Division and includes many other events. For more information, visit www.AmericanRoyal.com or call (816) 221-9800.
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