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BBQ Contest. Art Festival.

July 7 & 8, 2023

Arts on Grand, Clay County Fair & Event Center and Spencer Radio Group hosted its 1st Annual Art of the Que, BBQ Contest and Art Festival. This event benefited both non-profit organizations, along with artists and service groups. This was Arts on Grand’s primary fundraiser for 2023.

2023 Activity Schedule


2:00 PM                         Gates Open for Public

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM        Art and Commercial Exhibitors Open

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM        Smoky Mountain Central Railroad Open

2:00 PM                         Beer Garden Open

4:00 PM – 8:00 PM        Food Vendors Open

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM        People's Choice Wings Contest      

5:00 PM                        Scott Kirkart on Stage

6:15 PM                        Chad Elliot on Stage

7:30 PM                        BBQ Contest Awards and Results

8:00 PM                         Jeremy Dewall Band on Stage


11:00 AM                       Gates Open for Public

11:00 AM – 8:00 PM      Food Vendors Open

11:00 AM – 6:00 PM      Art and Commercial Exhibitors Open

11:00 AM – 10:30 PM    Beer Garden Open

11:00 AM – 6:00 PM      Smoky Mountain Central Railroad Open for Viewing

11:00 AM – 6:00 PM      Face Painting Available

11:00 AM – 6:00 PM      Big Iron Car Show

TBD                               Jaycees Bags Tournament

11:00 AM – 6:00 PM      Inflatables Open

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM        BBQ Contest Results and Awards

5:00 PM                         Jesse Wilson on Stage

6:45 PM                        Stampeding River Caterpillars on Stage

8:15 PM                        Rock & Roll Damnnation on Stage

Congrats to our BBQ contest winners!

Grand Champion: Hot Daddy's BBQ
Reserve Champion: Last Call Heroes BBQ
3rd Place Masters: Rum N' Smoke BBQ
Grand Champion: Dawg's BBQ
Reserve Champion: Furlong's BBQ
3rd Place Backyard: Smokin' Suckers

Brought to you by:

1 Arts on Grand
2 Clay County Fair
3 Spencer Radio Group
5 City of Spencer

Forms and Downloads

Events Schedule

Time Event
8:00 am Gates OPEN for BBQ Teams
5:00 pm Masters Team Meeting (Subject to Change)
TURN IN TIME 7:00 pm Wings
7:30 pm Corn Sidedish - People's Choice
LIVE MUSIC made possible by the Clay County Community Foundation & Lillian Swanson Memorial Arts Fund Weary Ramblers | Scott Kirkhart | Jeremy Dewall
8:00 am BBQ Team Breakfast
9:00 am Backyard Team Meeting
TURN IN TIME 12:00 pm Master's Chicken
TURN IN TIME 12:30 pm Master's Ribs
TURN IN TIME 1:00 pm Master's Boston Butt
TURN IN TIME 1:30 pm Master's Brisket
TURN IN TIME 2:00 pm Backyard Chicken
TURN IN TIME 2:30 pm Backyard Ribs
LIVE MUSIC made possible by the Clay County Community Foundation & Lillian Swanson Memorial Arts Fund Jesse Wilson | Stampeding River Caterpillars | Rock n Roll Damnation


Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
916 13th St SW
Spencer, IA 51301
Phone: (712) 580-2200
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Reston Inn & Suites
Reston Inn & Suites
10 11th St SE
Spencer, IA 51301
Phone: (712) 580-4077
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Flamin' Sponsor $2,500+

Smokin' Sponsor $1,000+

Grillin' Sponsor $500+

 Farmers Bank
After 5 Kiwanis
Daybreakers Kiwanis
Modern Woodmen

Cookin' Sponsor $100+

 Community Insurance
 Midwest Land Management
Arnold Motor Supply
Christensen Feed Lot
First Federal Credit Union
Kruse Natural Stone & Tile
Megan Roth
The Cutting Edge
The Royal Telephone Co.
Town & Country Disposal

Product Donation

 O'Reilly Auto Parts
Century Farms
Clay Co. Pork Producers
Family First Dental
Galen's Pro Mow
Lyle McKenzie
Milford Ace Hardware
Rack Shack BBQ
South Spirit Lake Ace Hardware
Tom Olin