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3rd Annual Squealin’ on the Square BBQ Festival Kicks off Hoptown’s Sounds at Six Series of Friday Events

As COVID restrictions ease, the Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Department is ready to turn up the summertime heat via grills and events with the 3rd Annual Squealin' on the Square Barbecue Festival on Friday, June 4. “Squealin’” is also the leadoff event of Parks and Rec’s newly-branded Sounds at Six series for 2021 (formerly known as Fridays@5). The other Sounds at Six dates are July 16, August 27 and September 10.

Be prepared once again to be “swined and dined” when barbecue ribs, chops and chicken takes center stage for this popular event, sponsored this year by HWEA, HES/EnergyNet and Pennyrile Rural Electric. This year’s Squealin’ on the Square will feature up to 10 barbecue teams battling for cash prizes and trophies in each of the food categories.

“Our Parks and Recreation team is back in full gear preparing fun and exciting events for our community this summer. We are all ready to bring folks together again at summer events we’ve all come to enjoy. Squealin’ on the Square is a great way to kick off a renewal of summertime fun in Hoptown,” said Superintendent Tab Brockman.

The five-person teams (one head chef and up to four assistants) will cook BBQ throughout the day to get ready for judges to sample portions from each team before determining the winners in the three categories: chicken, ribs and chops. Winning teams will be determined based on presentation, taste and tenderness of entries. Winners receive $250 and the coveted Squealin’ trophy in each meat division.

The public gets in on the eats from 6-9 p.m. when teams with a valid permit have the opportunity to sell their prepared items. The barbecue has sold out at each of the first two events so guests are recommended to arrive early and bring their appetites.

Downtown will also be pumping with live music once again as local favorites, the Xtraordinary Gentlemen, provide their special groove of favorites from 6-10 pm. As is the custom with the Friday night series, patrons will also be able to purchase their favorite beer or wine from a cash bar, in addition to Casey Jones Distillery offering the local selection.

A couple spots are available for teams to enter the BBQ competition. For availability confirmation and additional information regarding the event, contact Toby Hudson, Parks Recreation Programs Coordinator, at (270) 887-4291 or