Covered Bridge 'Que
BBQ Festival

Frequently Asked Questions about the Festival

Will there be a Backyard Competition at the Covered Bridge ‘Que this year?

No. The last year a backyard division was held in Euharlee was 2010. Due to the limited space in the park, the backyard division was dropped to make room for all of the Pro Teams who wanted to participate. However, take notice of the new Old School competition which is designed to level the playing field for cooks without fancy rigs.

What will be new this year?

There will be an exciting new "Old School Challenge" competition in 2015. Do you have what it takes to brave the elements and cook Old School style under the stars? Teams that compete without the benefit of air conditioning, mobile kitchens, satellite TV and indoor plumbing  will be eligible for special prizes. (You can still transport gear in a trailer, but you cannot cook out of it)

In the interest of variety, we'll be changing up the dessert category this year. For 2015, it will be Dessert - Anything but Cheesecake.

Is alcohol permitted at the festival?

Beer will be sold at Covered Bridge ‘Que this year by special permit. No one will be served without proper ID. We encourage adults to enjoy responsibly, but remind you that the Euharlee Police Department will be on patrol to enforce DUI and speeding laws for everyone’s safety.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes. You are welcome to bring your well-behaved pets as long as they are kept on a leash. Pet owners must clean up after their animals and no pets are allowed in the food preparation and judging areas.

Where can I park?

To minimize congestion within Frankie Harris Park, visitor vehicles will be parked in the marked areas around the library. It is a short walk from there across the footbridge into Frankie Harris Park. Please be courteous and do not park your car in the lots of local businesses unless you are patronizing them. If overflow parking is needed we will have volunteers on hand to direct cars.

Will food be available?

Yes! The popular People's Choice Tasting Tent returns again this year. When you purchase entry to the People's Choice sampling tent you will have an opportunity to taste BBQ pork prepared by the Pro teams, and vote for your favorite. These samples are limited and when they're gone, they're gone, so plan to be at the People's Choice tent promptly when it opens at 11AM!

In addition, a variety of vendors will be selling your favorite festival foods and treats. Please remember that the Professional BBQ teams are prohibited from offering samples directly to the public by KCBS rules.

How much does it cost to get in?

Admission to the festival is absolutely FREE! This includes access to the cook team area, car show and live entertainment at the pavilion. There will be a nominal charge for sampling at the People's Choice tent. Vendors of food, crafts and amusements will set their own prices.

Can I be a judge?

As a professional competition, all of our judges are Certified by the Kansas City BBQ Society. You can learn more about becoming a Certified BBQ Judge at If you are already a CBJ, we invite you to apply to be a judge at our contest by clicking on the Judge Application to the left.

This sounds like fun! Can I enter as a cook?

Yes. Anyone can enter the BBQ competition simply by filling out our online application and sending in the $250 entry fee. For complete details or to apply to cook, see the Cooks menu selection to the left.

Is there a rain date for the event?

No. Our cook teams will be here rain or shine. The event will be cancelled only in the event of life-threatening conditions, such as a tornado warning.

What will the weather be like?

While summertime weather in Georgia as always changeable, it is often quite warm in June in Euharlee. However, Frankie Harris Park features plenty of shade and a covered pavilion, so keeping cool should not be too much of a problem. Naturally the usual common sense advice of wearing sunblock and drinking plenty of water applies.

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