This year’s Kora Shriners Ride-In and BBQ Competition event is at the Ossipee Valley Fairgrounds in Hiram, Maine and is a three-day event, running from August 23 - August 25, with camping on site. The Ride-In is a Shriners Hospital fundraiser that promotes awareness and recognizes local patients and their experiences.
The BBQ competition has grown to a fully sanctioned Kansas City Barbeque Society points-based contest and is proclaimed by the State of Maine to be a State Championship event. There are over 35 Professional teams from all over the country and Canada registered so far, with more coming. Also, a new Steak Grilling Contest.
The Kids Q will feature six Shriners Hospital patients competing to see who can cook the best turkey burger, along with approximately 20 other Kids Pit Masters. Especially exciting is having former Shriners Hospital’s Patient and two times America’s Got Talent finalist Kechi Okwuchi as their guest. Come to hear her beautiful voice and amazing story of recovery.
For the complete schedule of events, click here.
Friday, August 23: Shriner social chicken BBQ and Barn dance with DJ Ron Parker from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 24: Opening ceremonies begin at 9:00 a.m. with Kechi singing the Star Spangled Banner and Canadian Anthem. Events will be as follows: Patient introductions and testimonies, hospital updates, motorcycle Ride, ATV trail ride, classic car show, Hillbilly’s Corn Hole Tournament, 50/50 raffle, hot wing eating contest, Hurricane Mountain Band, and much more.
Kechi will perform from 3:00-4:00 p.m. and will be available for meet and greet all day.
Sunday, August 25: KCBS BBQ competition. Team entry turn-ins from 12:00-1:30 p.m. with awards at 3:00 p.m.
SCA Steak cooking competition: $150 entry fee / Prize $500, $300, $200 and trophy.
KCBS 4 meat category BBQ contest: $300 entry fee / Over $8,000 total prize money and trophies. People’s Choice contest: You be the judge and choose a winner.
Kids Q burger competition with six SHC patient competitors and approximately 20 others.
BBQ Demo’s by championed BBQ teams (Brisket Demo and Pizza demo).
Camping cost for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday is $25 per night. Parking for Friday evening and Saturday is $5.00.
For more information please contact chairman Brent Tanguay: Brent_tanguay@hotmail.com (860) 874-7916
*Updated 8/20/19 to include link to schedule.