All invited to enjoy a taste of Osage City

For its 15th year, the 2018 Smoke in the Spring State BBQ Championship is cooking up to be the biggest yet. The annual event fires up Friday, April 6, 2018, with the Taste of Osage City, a giant community barbecue party held in Jones Park. Up to two dozen of the competition teams cook up delectable goodies during the Friday evening event, when barbecue aficionados and food lovers of all types can exchange BBQ Bucks for the best the outdoor cooks have to offer.

Food sales begin at 5 p.m. and “continue until the food runs out,” as Corey Linton, contest organizer always says.

BBQ Bucks

BBQ Bucks can be purchased in advance at Edward Jones, 516 Market St., or Osage City Hall, 201 S. Fifth St., Osage City. BBQ Bucks will also be for sale 1-7 p.m. on the day of the event, April 6, in Jones Park at the south side of community building at the concession windows.

Live Band

Everyone is invited to the Taste, which will have something to satisfy the carnivore in almost anyone. In addition to good eating, the event features an evening of fun, starting with a live band. “Just Passin Through” is a high energy country and honky-tonk dance band from eastern Kansas, and will keep any crowd entertained with hits from country artists, blues and rock and roll. The band begins playing at 8 p.m. in the Osage City Parks and Recreation building in Jones Park.

There is no charge for joining the fun at the recreation building, where a vendor will be offering adult drinks for sale; other vendors will be selling soft drinks and water during the evening party. But the main attraction, as all will admit, will be the giant outdoor smorgasbord of about every kind of smoked or grilled cookery you can imagine during the Taste of Osage City.

Linton said the menu offered during the Taste always offers a variety of unique treats. “It’s not just pulled pork,” he said, pointing to the extensive menu already planned by this year’s cookers. See printable menu here or below.

BBQ Bucks can be exchanged for anything offered by vendors that night in the park, including food, beverages, baked goods, cotton candy, and other items.


To add to the evening’s fun, a fireworks display, courtesy of Garrett’s Fireworks, Osage City, will begin around 9 p.m. at the football field.


Also Friday will be the Kids-Q Competition, with a signup deadline of 5 p.m. April 6, with turn-in time of 8 p.m. The Kids-Q contest allows kids to compete in two age divisions, 10 and younger, and 11 and older. Kid cooks must be sponsored by one of the competition teams. This year’s category is ground beef – cookers are given one pound of hamburger and must prepare their turn-in on-site. For more information, contact Linton at 785-528-4610.

Easy access

For easy access to the event, a shuttle service will be provided 4-9 p.m. Friday evening. Pick up is at Osage City Elementary School parking lot, and drop off will be at Safford, between K-170 and First Street. Patrons are also welcome to walk to the event from the Osage schools.

Event parking is available at Osage City School parking lots and surrounding area, near Fourth Street and Ellinwood Street. There is also an open lot west of K-170 across from OCHS football field. Designated event handicap parking is just west of the OCHS football field bleachers, with entry from Highway K-170, and sidewalk and asphalt access to the event.

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