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Grillin' and Chillin'

Eric Cox cuts barbecued meat during last year's Grillin' and Chillin' event in Britt. This year's event will take place Saturday, Sept. 22.

BRITT | The organizers of an annual event in Britt featuring food and music hope to draw more community support this year.

The Grillin’ and Chillin’ event, which features the Ron Eisenman Cook Off and a performance from the Kraft Brothers, will take place Saturday, Sept. 22, at City Park.

“We’re hoping for it to grow a little bit,” said Travis Hagen, event organizer.

Last year’s event garnered its largest attendance since it began despite a change in location due to a scheduling conflict and uncharacteristically scorching fall weather.

“It was pretty hot (last year on Main Avenue),” he said. “(In the park) there’s a lot of shade and it helps the Kraft Brothers to have the stage,” he said about the competition returning to the park.

The free event kicks off with the barbecue competition, which is in its fifth year as a competition and its fourth as a memorial event for Ron Eisenman, who died in a grain bin accident in 2014.

Hagen said they’re expecting about 15 individuals, or teams, to participate in the invite-only competition.

The participants will compete in two divisions. The first is the open division that requires the cooking of any dish featuring pork, and the second is for pork loin, which is donated by the Hancock County Pork Producers.

Hagen said the competitor who receives the highest combined score between the two divisions will win the event’s grand prize, a Weber performer grill.

Cooking for the competition begins at 10 a.m. Samples and judging begin at 4 p.m.

For the first year, individuals sampling the barbecue will have the opportunity to select a People’s Choice Award recipient based on the food they like best. Hagen said the winner will earn free entry into next year’s competition.

The Kraft Brothers, sponsored by the Britt Chamber of Commerce, will perform from 3 to 6 p.m.

During the event, three North Iowa breweries will also provide beer samplings.

“Everyone’s trying to raise money for something, but we just want something you can come to that’s 100 percent free, have a good time, visit people and enjoy the park,” Hagen said.

Photos: 2017 Grillin' and Chillin' in Britt

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