All Acts are Booked for 2015

November of this year is when planning begins again for 2016. Check with us then.


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2015 BBQ Competition Vendors

The competitors will be receiving their competition regulations and meat cuts on Thursday, July 9, 2015. They will cook on property overnight until judging begins. There will be no cooking for competition off site. The BBQ competition categories include Pork, Chicken, Beef, Sauce, and Misc. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place in each category. The overall first place winner will also be refunded the $200 booth fee.

Judging will take place on Friday, July 10th on the Pepsi Stage (near boat ramp) and begin at 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

An award ceremony will follow the judging.

Judging is done by Bruce Clark and Dan Hendrickson of the Kankakee County Clerk's Office.

Categories for the competition are Pork, Chicken, Beef, Sauce, BBQ Misc.
Judging is based on a weighted scoring method as follows:
42 Tenderness, 38 for Taste, and 20 for appearance for a total of 100 points.

Our Competitors for 2015 are:

2014 Competition Results




Meat donations are made by Texas RoadHouse, Tucci's Italian Restaurant and Berkot's Supermarkets






Merchandise Vendors

May 1st, 2015 is the cut off for sign up which includes your payment. If you have not completed payment by May 1st, 2015 another vendor will be given your spot. We are limiting our vendors to 20 total. $75 deposit to hold your position and the remainder by May 31st.

Merchandise Vendor contract

Our Fax number is 815-933-7338



VIP Tickets are $35 until they are sold out.

General Admission each night is $20
Unlimited Carnival is included

Early Bird Special, first three hours of event $10



Thursday, July 9 Gates open at 5:00 pm

Entrance to Event $20

Centrue Bank Stage

Skeleton Crew----- 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Local H --------------- 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Puddle of Mudd--- 9:00 – 10:30 p.m.


Friday, July 10 Gates open at 12:00 pm

Entrance to Event 12:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. $10 after 3:00 pm $20

Centrue Bank Stage

TBD--------------- 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Dirty 30---------- 7:30 – 8:15 p.m.
Salt-Pepa-------- 8:45 – 9:45 p.m.
Vanilla Ice------- 10:15 –11:30 p.m.


Saturday, July 11 Gates open at 11:00 am

Entrance to Event 11:00 am – 2:00 p.m. $10 after 2:00 p.m. $20

Centrue Bank Stage


Silhouettes------------- 2:00 – 2:50 p.m.
Garrett Bigg
------------ 4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
G. Schneider----------- 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Ashton Shephard----- 6:00 – 6:45 p.m.
Aaron Tippin----------- 7:15 – 8:15 p.m.
Josh Thompson------- 8:45 – 9:30 p.m.
Craig Wayne Boyd----10:20 – 11:30 p.m.


Late Night Beer Tent Shows

Everett Craig------- 10:30 – 11:30 p.m.

----------------- 11:30 –12:30 p.m.

Garrett Bigg-------- 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.



This is a rain or shine event, no refunds.


Bean Bag Competition

Congratulations to the 2014 Bags Competition Winners: Runner up team Bears and winning team Shake-n-Bake.


Click here to download registration form

BBQ Fest Car, Truck & Motorcycle Showdown

No entry fee! Saturday, July 11, 2015
Registration/Check In: 11:00 am
Event Time: 12:00–4:00 pm

Link for registration to Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show!

There will be peoples choice judging awarding 8 trophies.

Brought to you by Key City and Sponsored in part by Xtreme Body and Paint





Click here for poster for this event


Daily Concert Pass or VIP Concert Pass





Pricing includes activities and entertainment!
Cost: Thursday $20
Friday $10, after 3:00 p.m. $20
Saturday $10, after 2:00 p.m. $20

If you leave the park and return $20 reentry fee.
>>>> Kids 2 yrs & Under are FREE! <<<<


KVPD phone: 815.939.1311 Click to map below for more details.

There is no physical address for BBQ Fest, it takes place inside River Road Park.
For GPS purposes you can enter 1895 River Road, Kankakee, IL 60901. Turn left into the park.
Once you are here follow the road until it dead ends, this is where the fest takes place.


For vendor information please call 815.939.1311 to inquire about availability.

To be a volunteer please fill out the waiver and send it to the KVPD Administration Office.
Be sure to include your name, age, and phone number with time in which you can be reached.

Check back in from time to time as information is constantly updated. . .
• Rain or Shine NO REFUNDS
• Please Redeem at KVPD Booth
• Not Responsible for Lost or Stolen Tickets


Holiday Inn Express Official 2014 BBQ Fest Hotel Sponsor
62 Ken Hayes Drive, Bourbonnais

Hilton Garden Inn
455 RiverStone Parkway, Kankakee
Book a room at the Hilton Garden Inn

Hampton Inn
60 Ken Hayes Drive, Bourbonnais

Comfort Inn & Suites
1500 N. State Route 50, Bourbonnais
815-401-5043 Ask for BBQ Fest rate

Country Inn & Suites
380 S Cypress Street, Manteno
Manteno Country Inns & Suites

Economy Inn
2125 South Rt. 45-52, Kankakee

Fairfield Inn
1550 State Rt.50 N, Bourbonnais
Book a room at Fairfield Inn

Howard Johnson
157 Cypress, Manteno
Direct link to Manteno Howard Johnson

Motel 6
1311 State Rt. 50, Bourbonnais

Quality Inn & Suites
800 N Kinzie Ave., Bradley
Direct link to Bradley Quality Inn & Suites Book a room at Quality Inn & Suites

Super 8
1390 N Locke Drive, Bourbonnais
Book a room at Super 8

Other sponsors of this event:



















The Kankakee Valley Park Foundation is the sole proprietor of the 2015 KVPD BBQ Fest.