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Maryland State BBQ Bash in Bel Air features food competitions, musical acts this weekend

Maryland State BBQ Bash in Bel Air features food competitions, musical acts this weekend
George Hensler of Street lays out his team's smoked brisket on a cutting board in this file photo from a previous year's Maryland State BBQ Bash. (Kim Hairston, Baltimore Sun)

The Maryland State BBQ Bash began at 4 p.m. Friday through 10 p.m., and continues Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. in downtown Bel Air.

Admission is free, and the has previously drawn as many as 35,000 people over the two days. In addition to barbecue and other vendors, the Maryland State BBQ Bash also features musical acts throughout the weekend.

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The Robbie Booth Band opens from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, followed by Dillon Carmichael from 8 to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, the Grinders play from 2 to 4 p.m., followed by Chapel Road from 5 to 7 p.m. and headlined by Stephanie Quayle from 8 to 10 p.m. Quayle was named one of the “Top 10 Artists to Watch” by Rolling Stone in 2017 and, in November, was inducted into CMT’s 2019 Next Women of Country Class.

More than 50 teams from the Mid-Atlantic will compete for the Maryland State BBQ Championship, $12,500 in cash prizes and the opportunity to compete in the annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Tennessee and The American Royal in Kansas City.

More than 40 amateur teams will also compete in the Tailgate Challenge to see who has the best ribs.

The Maryland State BBQ Bash is the largest fundraising effort for the Bel Air Downtown Alliance and 100% of proceeds from the event benefits the Alliance’s mission and is reinvested locally, according to the nonprofit organization’s website.

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