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Still time to register for Smoke on the Cedar BBQ event

Submitted to North Iowa News –

Charles City, Iowa – Registrations are still being accepted for the 2019 Smoke on the Cedar BBQ competition on Saturday, June 22, along the riverfront in downtown Charles City. Professional and amateur BBQ smokers alike are welcome to participate in this St. Louis-style rib contest formerly known as the Charles City BBQ Challenge.

Up to 20 teams will compete for $1,200 in cash prizes in this Certified Kansas City BBQ judged event. There will also be a People’s Choice Award based on public sampling starting at 4:30 p.m. that day. An optional “Anything But …” sides or dessert contest will also be offered with an additional cash prize. Ribs will be provided to all BBQ teams, but it is up to them what to bring and prepare for the judged sides/dessert contest if they opt to take part.

The entry fee for Smoke on the Cedar is $75 by June 14, and $100 after. The first 20 teams to register will be accepted, so don’t wait to sign up or risk missing out. Registration forms are available online at or by contacting the Charles City Area Chamber of Commerce office at 401 North Main St., (641) 228-4234 or

A limited number of VIP Tickets are now on sale for the public sampling portion of Smoke on the Cedar for $25, and will include a sample BBQ rib from each of the BBQ teams. A La Carte Tickets will also be sold the day of the competition for $5 for your choice of three ribs, as long as supplies last. VIP Ticketholders can begin sampling at 4:30 p.m., while A La Carte Ticketholders can begin going through bat 5:15 p.m. Only 100 VIP tickets will be sold. Beverages will also be available for purchase at the event, including an outdoor beer vendor.

Smoke on the Cedar will be part of the Whitewater Festival on June 22, which will also include the PAWS Dog Jog, Charles City Challenge whitewater competitions on the river, a Hooligan Race and other activities taking place behind City Hall and the Charles City Public Library at Riverfront Park. Visit the Chamber website or call the office for more information.



Chris Berg

Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.
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