Barbecue on the RIver

Barbecue on the River/Facebook

The Paducah City Commission has approved a two-year contract with Barbecue on the River, Inc. - the first formal agreement between the city and organizers of the event, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year.

Barbecue on the River/Facebook

At least one veteran team has dropped out of this year's Barbecue on the River in Paducah.

Lance Dennee

Nearly 40 people gathered to vote on whether to form an advisory board of vendors for Barbecue on the River to communicate with Barbecue Incorporated on successes, failures, and ways to improve the annual Paducah event.  The Monday meeting was comprised of mostly barbecuers, but the council will include barbecuers, other food vendors, and non-food vendors. 

Lance Dennee

Paducah city officials are still waiting to receive a financial report from Barbecue on the River that they hope will provide more insight into the organization's financial practices. 

Symphony Declines Barbecue on the River Contract

Apr 11, 2014
Stephen Lance Dennee

The Paducah Symphony declined the contract to operate the Paducah Barbecue on the River Beer Garden this fall after managing it for 19 years.

Roger Truitt, PSO president, felt the Symphony did not have enough options.

“We were told absolutely it’s not negotiable,” he said. “We were offered take it or leave it. And so, we’re not going to take it.”

The PSO says the nonnegotiable contract made it too difficult to deal with increasing costs, weather related issues, and the 500 plus volunteer hours required for the event.

Paducah officials are investigating whether or not the city is required to hold Barbecue on the River Incorporated accountable to requirements listed in municipal orders the city adopted to subsidize its largest downtown event.

Lance Dennee


Amid public scrutiny regarding financial oversight of Paducah’s Barbecue on the River, the group behind the festival gave an informational presentation to city commissioners Tuesday night ahead of its 20th anniversary event.