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LUSK CREEK BBQ COMPETITION, GOLCONDA

At the tents, waiting the announcements of the winners

Larry Stovall, of Larry Darrell and Darrell in Paducah, took top prize...and was really happy about it

Everybody at the beer tent was mellow

You couldn't miss the professional barbecuers...

Small but appreciative crowd for the handing out of the trophies

ISP was on hand, engine running...toy opossum in the back dash (???)

The band, the Melungeons, was doing a combination Americana/Bluegrass/Alannis Morissette....

Larry took a break from all his smokers to pose with his trophies

Posted by on Sunday, June 5th, 2016 @ 1:05 pm.

GOLCONDA, Ill. - Coming off the kind of national attention a place doesn't want, Golconda in Pope County, Illinois, was festing this weekend and it was absolutely tasty: The Lusk Creek BBQ Cook-off & Festival, complete with a barbecue competition.

The rain held a few things at bay for awhile in the late morning/early afternoon and created some swampy spots in downtown Golconda (necessitating some plyboard and pallet crossings in low areas), but once the clouds lifted, the barbecue that had been smoking, simmering or otherwise cooking all day was ready to be judged...and trophies big and small were handed out in several categories at 5 p.m.

Here are some pics from the event.

At the tents, waiting the announcements of the winners

At the tents, waiting the announcements of the winners

Larry Stovall, of Larry Darrell and Darrell in Paducah, took top prize...and was really happy about it

Larry Stovall, of Larry Darrell and Darrell in Paducah, took top prize...and was really happy about it

Everybody at the beer tent was mellow

Everybody at the beer tent was mellow

You couldn't miss the professional barbecuers...

You couldn't miss the professional barbecuers...

Small but appreciative crowd for the handing out of the trophies

Small but appreciative crowd for the handing out of the trophies...this is a shot looking toward the levee at the Ohio. Golconda is beautiful.

ISP was on hand, engine running...toy opossum in the back dash (???)

ISP was on hand, engine running...toy opossum in the back dash (???)

The band, the Melungeons, was doing a combination Americana/Bluegrass/Alannis Morissette....

The band, the Melungeons, was doing a combination Americana/Bluegrass/Alannis Morissette....

Larry took a break from all his smokers to pose with his trophies

Larry took a break from all his smokers to pose with his trophies

Golconda is home to one of our fave restaurants ever, Diver Down. There are awesome places to stay the weekend (and we have tried them out, and recommend them) like the Golconda Riverview Mansion Hotel, and also the cabins up on the riverside (which are less cabins and more homes, where the Corps of Engineers stayed when stationed at the Port of Golconda years ago, if we understand the breakdown correctly).

There's something going on all summer in Golconda (and throughout Pope County)...next weekend is the Garden Tour in Golconda, Saturday, June 11; June 18 is the Chamber Bass Tournament; The Golconda Bicentennial Events are running July 1 through 10; Eddyville has Fireworks for Fourth of July; Macedonia is having a Barbecue July 25; the 9 Day Trail Ride (known locally as just "9-Day") is the last weekend in July through the first weekend in August, which takes you back through a lot of the Lusk Creek wilderness (which is where we saved a turtle yesterday); Golconda has citywide yard sales the second weekend in August; the amazing Golconda Shrimp Festival happens the third weekend in September, and there's a big Golconda Fall Festival the second Sunday in October.

The Shawnee National Forest is an amazing place. Come down and visit.

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