Railfest 2015 is coming to downtown Texarkana Saturday, May 16, at Front Street Plaza. And besides the great music from country star Chase Rice and The Dusty Rose Band, there will be great food and fun for the whole family.

The annual BBQ and chicken cook off will take place as well with $1,000 in prize money available to the winner. The BBQ contest will be judged by the international Barbecue Cookers Association.

Here is a little info on the contest:

Big Jake’s will provide meat for the first 20 registered contestants.

Team setup and check-in begins at 6:30 a.m., on Saturday, May 16, on Front Street between Olive and Wood streets. (Setup is also allowed the night before.)

The cooks’ meeting is at 8 a.m. Meat is handed out and inspected at that point.

Chicken will be turned in at 2 p.m., ribs turned in at 3 p.m.

Winners will be announced at approximately 4 p.m.

The contest is limited to chicken and pork spare ribs and only wood or charcoal cooking are permitted. No gas or propane is allowed.

International Barbecue Cookers Association’s purpose is to develop and bolster equitable competitive Barbecue cooking internationally.” We give competitive cookers the peace of mind when their product is placed in the judging area. IBCA shall know no boundaries nationally or internationally.

As the sport of competition BBQ cooking grows IBCA has grown with it. From the beginning until now we have built a great reputation of assisting BBQ promoters, providing information and offering a fair judging system to all participants.

Vendor applications are due April 29, 2015. Concessions will be selected and contacted in the following days. If selected, vendor fees must be paid in full by May 8, 2015. Applications and fees accepted after deadline will be assessed a 50 percent late fee.

Applications and fees may be turned in to the

Public Works Department of City Hall

216 Walnut Street between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 Applications and fees may also be mailed to:

Public Works—RailFest

PO Box 2711

Texarkana, Texas 75504