MASON CITY | Smithfield has awarded the Up in Smoke BBQ Bash a 2017 "Smokin' with Smithfield" grant to present the top 20 percent of the barbecue competition winners with a larger prize purse.

"Here at Smithfield in Mason City, we are a part of the North Iowa Community,” said Evan Raulie, plant manager of the local Smithfield Foods facility. “We are excited to be involved with the Up in Smoke BBQ Bash, as it is such an important community event for our employees and neighbors.”

The 14th Annual Up in Smoke BBQ Bash will take place July 21-22 in East Park in Mason City. Admission is free.

In addition to being Iowa’s leading barbecue competition it includes musical entertainment, food, a bag tournament, beverage tasting and inflatables for the kids.