With an arctic blast sending a freezing chill over Osage County to welcome the new year, it’s no wonder that people are thinking of spring, even if it is still 10 weeks away. But in Osage City, when they start thinking of spring, they also think of smoke – Smoke in the Spring, that is.
Smoke in the Spring is the city’s annual barbecue contest that draws in hundreds of meat-lovers either as cooks, judges, or eager eaters. Add in a community party, barbecue smorgasbord, live music, and a downtown car show, who isn’t wishing for spring?
This year, the 12th anniversary of the state championship barbecue contest, Smoke in the Spring falls on Saturday, April 11, with the ever popular Taste of Osage City and party on the Friday night before. At the Taste of Osage City, barbecue lovers can exchange official BBQ Bucks for food or drink prepared by a select group of barbecue contestants.