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Mark your calendars for Sept. 8 and 9 for the 7th Annual Derby BBQ Festival presented by Security 1st Title. The two-day event will be held at High Park,2801 E. James. This is a free event open to the entire family.Join us Friday night from 6 to 9 p.m. for the BBQ kick-off, which includes the new Kid's Q event, Derby Police vs. Derby Fire hot dog eating contest, live music by Morrison County (a Derby-based country/rock band), food trucks, and adult beverages. The Kid's Q will feature two age categories for kids 15 and under who will cook hamburger and chicken on a charcoal grill. Entry forms can be found at www.DerbyBBQ.com (limited number of entries). Winners receive cash prizes and ribbons for first, second and third place in both age categories.On-site parking available on Friday night only. Please enter the park on James St.On Saturday, Sept. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Derby BBQ Festival will include the KCBS (Kansas City BBQ Society) Cook-off, Fidelity Bank Backyard BBQ Cook-off, Verus Bank and Creekstone Farms People's Choice Contest, Rods-N-Ribs Charity Car Show, food trucks, Derby Noon Lions Club Beer Garden, and live music by Last Great Summer (alternative rock) and Haven Alexandra (country/folk). Kids can enjoy the El Paso Animal Clinic Petting Zoo, inflatables, magician, face painters, Princess Pros Entertainment and more.New in 2017 is the BRG Precision Products Anything on a Stick Contest (dessert and non-dessert categories) held on Sept. 9. This contest is open to the public. Entry forms can be found at www.DerbyBBQ.com. Winners receive cash prizes and ribbons for first, second and third place.Due to construction on Madison Ave., on-site parking on Sept. 9 will not be available unless you are a volunteer, judge, vendor or need ADA parking. Attendees are asked to park at the Rock River Rapids/Derby High School parking lots and ride a shuttle to the park.Proceeds from this event benefit the McConnell Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center.