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Inaugural Squealin' on the Square BBQ Competition Set for July 27th

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Prepare to be swined and dined Friday, July 27, as the Hopkinsville Division of Parks and Recreation presents the first-ever Squealin’ on the Square — a barbecue competition that will be held at Founders Square, 198 W 9th Street, in conjunction with Fridays@5 in downtown Hopkinsville.
 
The inaugural festival will allow teams of five (one head chef and four assistants) to cook BBQ throughout the day, in preparation for a judging portion that is broken into three categories: chicken, ribs and chops. Winning teams, which will be determined based on presentation, taste and tenderness of entries, will receive $250 and a trophy in each meat division.  
 
All participating teams with a valid permit will then have the opportunity to sell their prepared items to the public from 6-9 p.m. during Fridays@5 — a summer music series that features a different musical act each month. July’s performer is Nashville-based Top Tier — a high-energy party band that covers seven decades of music and will have the Square hopping.
 
“The combination of these two exciting events should result in a fantastic downtown atmosphere,” said Parks and Recreation Superintendent Tab Brockman. “We are always looking for new and innovative ways to bring the community together in a fun fashion, and Squealin’ on the Square is no exception. We believe this inaugural effort is going to be the squeal deal!”
 
In addition, Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation will be celebrating “Be True to Your School Night” on July 27. Alumni associations from Austin Peay, Hopkinsville Community College, Murray State, University of Kentucky and University of Louisville will have tents to welcome regional alumni and prospective students.
 
Spots are still available for teams in the BBQ competition. Visit https://tinyurl.com/Squealin for complete rules and regulations, cost of entry and registration instructions. For additional information regarding the event, please contact Toby Hudson, Parks Recreation Program Coordinator at (270) 887-4291 or thudson@hopkinsvilleky.us.