When asked, “Why do you compete in the American Royal Barbecue,” the answer was “It is mainly about the family. Where everyone sits around and eats barbecue and gets to know one another. This is what we are about.”
“As firemen we are part of the Wyandotte County family, the people we protect as firemen,” said Jason Williams, captain of the barbecue team. Williams is a captain with the Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department.
Other members of the team are Adam Martell, Tim Cattrell, Kansas City, Kansas, firefighters; Mark Barnes, Kansas City, Kansas, firefighters; Reed William and Neal Martell.
The American Royal Barbecue is this weekend, with events planned from Thursday through Sunday.
The event is held at the Kansas Speedway, near I-70 and 110th Street in Kansas City, Kansas.
The event is a barbecue competition for teams. More than 500 teams are expected to compete. Other food will be available for purchase.
There will be entertainment throughout the event. Fireworks are scheduled Friday night. “Heroes on Display” events are scheduled Saturday. Kid-friendly events also are planned. Gates will open at 3 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday.
Both single-day and weekend tickets are available. Ticket prices range from $23 to $25 per person to $9 for children per day. Children under 5 are free. Parking is $10 per vehicle. A weekend pass is $40 to $45.
For more information, see https://www.americanroyal.com/bbq/.