The MD State BBQ Bash is celebrating its 15th year anniversary in 2017. Proudly brought to you by Visit Harford, BBQ Bash is Harford County MD’s most anticipated event of the year and has won Best Harford County Event for five consecutive years in a row, including 2016. This year, the MD State BBQ Bash is scheduled for August 11 and 12.

More than just a barbecue festival, BBQ Bash is host to great music. This year, the Bel Air Downtown Alliance is pleased to announce Sam Grow as the headlining music act on Friday, August 11 and Russell Dickerson on Saturday, August 12! Sam Grow will take the stage at 8pm on Friday night. The Klassix will be the opening act for Sam Grow and will kick off the music at the 15th annual MD State BBQ Bash at 5pm.

Provided by WXCY, 103.7 Country Radio, a BBQ Bash partner since the beginning, Russell Dickerson is scheduled to go on stage at 8pm on the second day of the two day event. Long time participants Walk Ins Welcome will also take the stage on Saturday at 5pm.

About the MD State BBQ Bash

Named as Harford County’s “Best Event” in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and again in 2016, the MD State BBQ Bash is a barbecue themed street festival featuring the Maryland State BBQ Championship, with more than 50 competition teams from the Mid-Atlantic area and beyond competing for $12,500 in cash prizes and the chance to compete in the annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Lynchburg, TN and The American Royal in Kansas City, MO. In addition, more than 45 amateur teams will compete in the MD State BBQ Bash Tailgate Challenge to see who has the best ribs while competing for cash, prizes, and bragging rights. For 15 years, the MD State BBQ Bash has grown to be one of the largest, most fun, and most anticipated events of the year in Downtown Bel Air. Great food, great music, great people, the Maryland State Barbecue Championship and the MD State BBQ Bash Tailgate Challenge, have combined to create a tradition that we hope you will want to be a part of this year and in the years ahead.

The MD State BBQ Bash is free for the public and has regularly drawn nearly 35,000 attendees over two days. The MD State BBQ Bash is one of the most anticipated and exciting community events in Harford County, with a following throughout the Baltimore metropolitan region and beyond. As always, the MD State BBQ Bash is being brought to you by the Bel Air Downtown Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Main Street Maryland organization dedicated to creating a vibrant business community and visitor friendly destination in Downtown Bel Air, MD. This event is the largest fundraising effort for the Bel Air Downtown Alliance and 100% of the proceeds benefits the mission and is reinvested locally.

Click here to learn more about the MD Sate BBQ Bash.

About Visit Harford!

Visit Harford! is the counties’ Destination Marketing Organization, with the mission of supporting tourism and tourism related activities for Harford County. Visit Harford! was appointed the DMO after the County privatized tourism in 2015. Click here to learn more about Visit Harford!.

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