bbq on the river

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.

The City of Paducah has released a report showing how much it cost the city for 2013’s Barbecue on the River festival.

This comes shortly after Mayor Gayle Kaler asked for an audit of the BBQ & More retail store at a city council meeting to fulfill a 2011 agreement with Barbecue on the River organizers.

BBQ On The River To Send Audit

Mar 5, 2014

Paducah City Manager Jeff Pederson says BBQ on the River Incorporated will comply with its 2011 contract with the city and supply a limited-scope audit to officials. 

The audit is part of the agreement in which the city provided BBQ on the River 20 thousand dollars to establish a downtown retail store. 

Barbecue on the River has resolved its dispute with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra about the festival’s beer garden management by offering the PSO the right of first refusal. That means PSO will be the first organization festival officials asks to manage the beer garden, but a press release from the two groups doesn’t say whether or not that contract will have any changes.

Paducah City officials are staying mum on what they will do about BBQ on the River’s violation of a 2011 agreement in the wake of the festival organization ending Paducah Symphony Orchestra’s management of a beer garden.

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra and Barbecue on the River organizers are at odds over the future management of the September event’s beer garden. The summer festival lasts three days in downtown Paducah and draws some 40,000 people and an estimated $500,000 to area charities.

Preparations for Paducah’s 19th annual Barbeque on the River festival are already under way. The three-day festival will feature live music, games for kids and, of course, over 90,000 pounds of smoked meat from competing vendors. But plans are in the works to include a new contest category that would allow casual barbequers to compete. Festival Director David Boggs said the decision to include the “In Your Backyard Pig Cook-Off” was a logistical necessity.

BBQ Fest Fundraising Numbers In

Nov 2, 2012

Despite a storm the first night of Barbeque on the River, the Paducah fundraiser raised over $350,000 for local charities this September. Executive Director David Boggs told the Paducah Sun that the three day festival normally raises about $400,000. Boggs says there are still a few donations left to count, so that number could rise. The festival’s largest donation came from the Buzzard Brothers barbeque team, with $16,000 raised. Festival organizer Susan Coiner says they have some changes planned for next year, including more competitions and some extra entertainment.