BBQ OFF the River Being Planned Instead of Annual BBQ on River

PADUCAH - Event organizers have cancelled this year's Barbecue on the River festival in Paducah due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Barbecue on the River Executive Director Susie Coiner said Tuesday that after conversations with the City of Paducah, local and state health officials, as well as other partners whose participation is vital for the success of the festival, it has become clear that it will not be possible for the event to take place this year.

"The health and safety of our attendees, vendors, participants, and volunteers are of the utmost importance to us.  We believe the most prudent course of action at this time is to cancel the 2020 downtown festival," Coiner said. "We, the BBOTR board, recognize the hardship that this decision creates for the barbecue teams and local charities that receive the $400,000.00 plus raised annually."

Coiner said the Barbecue on the River Board is developing an alternative event called "BBQ OFF the River", which will take place Sept. 24 to 26. She said more information will be posted soon about the new event.

Coiner said the festival will return to Paducah's downtown riverfront next year.

Published 07:45 PM, Tuesday Jul. 14, 2020
Updated 07:48 PM, Tuesday Jul. 14, 2020


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