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BBQ Roundup Starts Thursday in Cedar Rapids

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    June 25, 2014 | 10:47 pm

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - After a one-year break, The BBQ Roundup opens up Thursday at the McGrath Amphitheatre, 475 First Street SW.

    The four-day festival features more than 20,000 pounds of food.


    •17,000 pounds of meat

    •2,240 pounts of baked beans

    •752 pounds of cornbread

    •520 pounds of mac and cheese

    Admission is free from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday for lunch. During the lunch hour, a shuttle will stop at several downtown street corners and bring people to the amphitheatre.

    P.H.A.T. Daddy’s in Marengo won a contest and will be the lone local company along side six national vendors at this year’s event. In 2012, Iowa restaurants complained about the lack of local representation in the roundup.

    Wednesday, all participants spent the day setting up. Jon Bigalk, pitmaster for Just North of Memphis said a change in venue didn’t complicate his getting ready.

    “Everything is going really smooth with the new park down here. The new venue is great - can’t wait to hear the music and see all the folks coming down,” Bigalk said.

    For Thursday and Friday after 3 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday, admittance to the roundup is $3. A $12 pass good for all four days is for sale at the U.S. Cellular Center box office. Kids 12 and under get in free.

    For more information on this event, you can visit