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Colorado BBQ Challenge

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BBQ vendor serving food at the BBQ Challenge

Colorado BBQ Challenge Postponed to Friday, September 25 & Saturday, September 26, 2020

In light of the ongoing uncertainty, and in the interest of the health of our mountain community and event participants, the Town of Frisco has decided to postpone the 27th Annual Colorado BBQ Challenge which was scheduled for June 19-20, 2020. This was a difficult decision, as the event is a community favorite and an important fundraiser for many of our local non-profits. This later date will provide us all with some time to heal, regroup, and move with an optimistic spirit towards the future. Please continue to practice social distancing, and take good care of yourselves and your loved ones so that we can celebrate with you in the fall.

2020 Colorado BBQ Challenge Registration – Update for new dates

Competitors and vendors who are already registered for the BBQ Challenge will have first rights of refusal for the new dates – Friday, September, 25 and Saturday, September, 26. If you are not able to join us in September you will be given a full refund. We will then open spaces to those on the waitlist. Registration will re-open on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 and any remaining spaces may be filled at that time.

About the Colorado BBQ Challenge

The Colorado BBQ Challenge will serve up great food and beverage to 15,000+ visitors over 2 days. This means there will of course be lots of great BBQ for sale, but no one can live off of meat alone so the Challenge welcomes a variety of vendors who serve up everything from ice cream to cheese covered fries to fruit kabobs to corn on the cob.

Types of Vendors

There are four types of participants at the Colorado BBQ Challenge in Frisco:

  1. BBQers who are competing but NOT selling
  2. BBQ vendors who are selling and competing in the competition
  3. BBQ vendors who are selling but NOT competing
  4. Food vendors who are selling products other than BBQ and are NOT competing

If you fit into category #3 or #4 (above) then please apply to be a vendor.

Information on competing in the BBQ Challenge including competitor registration, category descriptions and fees is available now.

Important Information for Vendors

The BBQ Challenge is a non-cash event. BBQ tickets are called Hogbacks. Hogback sales have been a significant fund-raiser for local non-profits. From each $1.00 ticket sold, the Colorado BBQ Challenge receives $0.15 and vendors receive $0.85. Hogbacks are the only type of payment vendors may accept.

  • Vendor ‘s will receive a check for 85% of the proceeds minus applicable sales taxes within 2 weeks of the BBQ Challenge. Vendors will need to provide a Colorado sales tax ID and Frisco will retain  state sales tax and remit it on your behalf.
  • The Summit County Health Department updated their fee structure and application in 2017 and their updated information may be found on their website.
  • Vendors and BBQ competitors will be able to apply online only for the Colorado BBQ Challenge. There will be no email or phone application submissions available.

If you have any questions, please contact Nora Gilbertson, Frisco Events Manager, at 970-668-9132 or at NoraG@townoffrisco.com.