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Great Lenexa BBQ Battle

To help limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community, this event has been canceled.

*CANCELED* Friday, June 26, 2020, 4:30 to 11 p.m.

*CANCELED* Saturday, June 27, 2020, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, 87th Street Parkway & Lackman Road, Lenexa, KS 66215

  • Admission: $5 on Friday night; free on Saturday. Children 12 and under are free both days.
  • Parking: Limited on-site $5 parking Friday and Saturday; Free satellite parking and free shuttle to event.

The Great Lenexa BBQ Battle started in 1982 with 12 contestants and 12 judges. On April 27, 1984, Governor John Carlin declared the contest the official Kansas State Championship. Since then, the contest has grown to its current size of 186 contestants and 240 judges. The two-day event, which includes children's activities and live music, attracts cooks from all over the country, who compete for the coveted title of Grand Champion of the Great Lenexa BBQ Battle - The Kansas State Championship. Prizes and ribbons are awarded to the top 10 contestants in seven categories (brisket, pork, ribs, sausage, chicken, steak and miscellaneous) and the top three overall winners.

I Like Lenexa IconEarn points for checking in via the I Like Lenexa App during the Great Lenexa BBQ Battle.


Event Sponsors

Sponsorship opportunities

Presenting Sponsors


Major Sponsors

  • 101 The Fox

  • Central States Beverage Co.

  • Hy-Vee

  • Reser's Fine Foods

Platinum Sponsors

  • Alenco

  • CoreFirst Bank & Trust

  • Kansas Strong

  • KS National Guard

  • LeafFilter

  • Olathe Ford Lincoln

  • Pella Products of KC

  • Vita Chiropractic

  • Westlake Hardware

Gold Sponsors

  • Meritex

Contact Information and Cancellations

Lindsay Hart, 913.477.7130,

To stay notified of event cancellations, call our notification line at 913.477.7170.