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BBQ Contest & Art Festival - Spencer

July 7 & 8, 2023 at the Clay County Fairgrounds

Arts on Grand and The Clay County Fairgrounds will host the 1st Annual Art of the Que, BBQ Contest and Art Festival. This event will benefit both non-profit organizations, along with artists and service groups. This is Arts on Grand’s primary fundraiser for 2023.

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Arts on Grand
Clay County Fair

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Events Schedule

Time Event
8:00 am Gates open for artists/BBQ teams to set up
5:00 pm Sponsor/VIP dinner
10:00 am Artist tents open
3pm BBQ team meeting
3:00 Judges meeting
7:00 pm Wings turn in
7:30 pm Corn side dish-peoples choice
8:00 pm Musical act takes stage
9:00 pm Results announced
8:00 am Breakfast served for BBQ teams
9:00 am BBQ team meeting
10:00 am Judges meeting
10:00 am Bags tournament
12:00 pm Chicken turn in
12:30 pm Ribs turn in
1:00 pm Boston butt turn in
1:30 pm Brisket turn in
2:00 pm Ribs turn in stand-alone contest
3:00 pm How to make dry rub class
3:00 pm How to make BBQ sauce class
4:00 pm Awards presentation call down to 10
5:00 pm Musical acts


AmericInn Lodge and Suites
AmericInn Lodge and Suites
1005 13th Street SW
Spencer, IA 51301
Phone: (712) 262-7525
Fax: (712) 262-7514
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Holiday Inn Express and Suites
Holiday Inn Express and Suites
916 13th Street SW
Spencer, IA 51301
Phone: (712) 580-2200
Fax: (712) 580-2201
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Reston Inn & Suites
10 11th Street SE
Spencer, IA 51301
Phone: (712) 580-4077
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South T Motel
South T Motel
1004 S. Grand Avenue
Spencer, IA 51301
Phone: (712) 262-4620
Fax: (712) 262-9508
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Spencer Inn and Suites
102 11th Street SW - Plaza Drive
Spencer, IA 51301
Phone: (712) 262-6100
Fax: (712) 262-5742
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Super 8
Super 8
209 11th Street SW
Spencer, IA 51301
Phone: (712) 262-8500
Fax: (712) 262-6268
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