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The 7th edition of Up in Smoke on the Square is in the books...

Congratulations to Bryan and Kari Luke of Is Five O'clock Somehwere
for earning top spot as our 2017 Grand Champion


Congratulations to Nick Merritt of Pork Paradise for earning KCBS Reserve Grand Champion


With up to 50 Championship teams competing in at the 7th Annual Up In Smoke on the Square, this event will be held on its own weekend June 2nd and 3rd. Up in Smoke on the Square has been teamed with the YPN Craft Brew Event to make up "Pigs and Swigs". These two fun events brought thousands to dowtown Lincoln last 2 years. Make plans to join us this year to claim your portion of Illinois second hishest purse in competitive BBQ!

The Art and Balloon Festival will remain its same weekend and will stay at the Logan County Airport the last full weekend in August each year. Up in Smoke on the Square has continued to grow and is now considered an anchor event able to stand on its own.

This event has quickly grown to be the 2nd highest payout in the state of Illinois. Up in Smoke on the Square will have a total purse of $15,000 with $3,000 awarded to this year's Grand Champion and $1,500 to the Reserve Grand Champion. Individual category payouts awarding $1500 to the top 10 teams in each category of Beef Brisket, Pork Shoulder, Chicken, and Ribs.

Submit your team's registration for all four KCBS categories, being judged by 100% Certified KCBS Judges, by completing and returning your application form today! Get your application submitted prior to May 3rd for your best rates for entering this year's competition! Your registration also includes 2 to be admitted to the cooks dinner and meeting catered by Guzzardos...Just the meal on Friday night makes it worth attending!

2017 Complete Schedule of events
Friday Night KCBS Steak Cook Off Rules
Secure Competitors Application
2017 KCBS Rules and Regulations

Submit completed applications to:
Up In Smoke on the Square
c/o The Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce
110 North Kickapoo Street Suite #2
Lincoln, IL 62656-2210

Make Checks payable to:
Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce

Kids' Que Sponsor

Woods & Bates Attys at Law
Royal Oak Charcoal
Lincoln Dare

Backyard BBQ Sponsor

Royal Oak Charcoal

Trophy Sponsors

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Harris Hodnett Agency

Refreshment Sponsors

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Friday Night Steak Cookoff

Millan/Petro Organization

Ribbon Sponsors

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Schneider Chiropractic
Peasley Funeral Homes
Pacesetter Financial

Honorary Sponsors

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In Kind Advertising Sponsor

Lincoln Daily News
Lincoln Courier

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