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motoeric
04-21-2008, 04:56 PM
Hello,

What are the comps that have the highest attendance by the public and what are those attendance numbers?

The events don't HAVE to be just BBQ. They could be BBQ/Grilling or BBQ/music or BBQ/whatever.

Your help is appreciated.

Eric

Sledneck
04-21-2008, 05:03 PM
You might want to contact Sandy from Salisbury. One of the busiest i have seen that and Harpoon

Transformer BBQ
04-21-2008, 05:08 PM
Eric... I'm blanking on the name of the event. But there was one a few weeks ago in in the South West that was gigantic in terms of attending. (NM I believe)

The Royal or MIM I would guess are the biggest. Even just counting competitors the Royal has to be one of the biggest.

ssbbqguy
04-21-2008, 05:53 PM
houston livestock show, great american (kc),reno rib, all have pretty high attendence levels, exact numbers unknown to me

ThomEmery
04-21-2008, 06:34 PM
We will have 40,000 each day at Stagecoach
two back to back KCBS State championships
www.stagecoachfestival.com

Q Haven
04-21-2008, 06:51 PM
New Hampshire Rock-n-Ribfest gets around 30K people over the three day event from what I understand.

Podge
04-21-2008, 06:52 PM
Madison, In. has about 10k-15k

Jorge
04-21-2008, 07:08 PM
http://www.hlsr.com/et/bbqc/bbqc_index.aspx

drbbq
04-21-2008, 07:13 PM
Houston for sure, and the rib burnoffs like Reno, Naperville, Cleveland and of course the Poteet Strawberry Festival.

Sledneck
04-21-2008, 07:24 PM
Hudson Valley Ribfest had 13,000 spectators last year. Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival in Columbia MO had 35K per day for two days last september

Smokin' Gnome BBQ
04-21-2008, 07:28 PM
BelAir MD has a ton of people over the 2 days!

Sledneck
04-21-2008, 07:32 PM
AR 2007:Over 450 teams entered the American Royal BBQ contest this year with over 70,000 people in attendance

Sledneck
04-21-2008, 07:33 PM
Smoke on the Water Barbecue & Music Festival has become the largest event in South Arkansas with an annual attendance of over 25,000. The annual festival is always held the third weekend in September.

Sledneck
04-21-2008, 07:37 PM
Bike BBQ & Blues (http://www.bikesbluesandbbq.org/rally_info-statistics.html) 300-400K

Sawdustguy
04-21-2008, 11:59 PM
We have been to a few contests that had alot of people but not as many as mentioned above.

YankeeBBQ
04-22-2008, 09:31 AM
The Phantom BBQ Beach party on City Hall Plaza in Boston was huge. I don't know the attendance numbers but it had to be over 50,000 in two days. They are expanding it to 4 days this year to accommodate all the people.

The Hudson Valley Ribfest has a ton of public too. The Vendor lines stretch across the field

The NH Rockin Rib Fest claims they had 25K spectators last year. www.rotaryribfest.org

LindaM
04-22-2008, 11:35 AM
IF you look at the KCBS road show listing, my understanding is that each event has over 50,000 visitors. That is how the events were chosen. Hope this helps Eric.

STX Cue
04-22-2008, 04:03 PM
The good Dr mentioned the Poteet Strawberry Festival. I live just up the road and was going to cook in it this year until they canceled the cook-off. No reason was given for the cancellation. Here are the attendance numbers from their website.

The Annual Strawberry Fest hit the ground running that very first year. Approximately 5,000 people arrived to the enjoy the party in 1948 and now the Festival Association can expect over 100,000 to trek through the Festival Grounds during Festival Weekend. That first year volunteers were only from Poteet. In 2007, over 8,000 volunteers from all over Texas, other states, and a few foreign countries arrived to help stage this major Texas spring event.

Sledneck
04-22-2008, 04:15 PM
The good Dr mentioned the Poteet Strawberry Festival. I live just up the road and was going to cook in it this year until they canceled the cook-off. No reason was given for the cancellation. Here are the attendance numbers from their website.

The Annual Strawberry Fest hit the ground running that very first year. Approximately 5,000 people arrived to the enjoy the party in 1948 and now the Festival Association can expect over 100,000 to trek through the Festival Grounds during Festival Weekend. That first year volunteers were only from Poteet. In 2007, over 8,000 volunteers from all over Texas, other states, and a few foreign countries arrived to help stage this major Texas spring event.
Found this on another site about the comp:
the Strawberry Festival BBQ, Poteet, TX has been cancelled due to the location assigned for the event wasn't adequate to hold an event - therefore it has been cancelled this year.

April 11/12 - Poteet Strawberry Festival

The festival itself will be going on but NO BBQ cook-off

motoeric
04-22-2008, 04:26 PM
Thank you all for the input.

Eric