Don't miss the 5th annual Smokin' in the Valley barbecue championship competition in Maggie Valley Friday September 26th and Saturday 27th (2008) at the Festival Grounds.
There are over 50 barbecue teams raning from Sue E. Pigg and Two Old Men & a Grill to Bite Me BBQ and Butts Breastts. Most of the teams come from the Carolinas, but they do have groups coming in from Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama.
Hours are noon through 9 p.m. on Friday and and 10 a.m. through 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Admission is $3 for adults and free for kids under 12.
You can try out some of the team cooked barbecues for $10 per person.
In addition to top notch barbecue, they have other food vendors, bluegrass music, and games for the kids. Beer and wine is served for those who like to imbide.
Smokin' in the Valley is a pet friendly event.
The atmosphere is relaxed. You'll want to bring a stroller if you have a small child. Lawn chairs and blankets are a good idea. And, don't forget your jacket. It can get pretty nippy in Maggie Valley at the end of September.
They do play some annoying music on the web page, so turn down your volume, unless you like to listen to random music when you're surfing.