The Bel Air Downtown Alliance is pleased to announce that Visit Harford! will return to the 2018 MD State BBQ Bash as the Title Sponsor. The MD State BBQ Bash will take place on Friday, August 10th (4-10 pm) and Saturday, August 11th (12-10 pm).

“We are pleased to once again partner with the Bel Air Downtown Alliance to bring the Maryland BBQ Bash back to Harford County. The Bash continues to be a signature event for Harford County. The feedback from this family friendly event shows people from across the country plan their vacation to visit Harford County during the Bash. We truly embrace this great event being hosted here in Bel Air,” said Greg Pizzuto, Executive Director of Visit Harford.

“The Bel Air Downtown Alliance is busy planning one of Harford County’s greatest summer events, the MD State BBQ Bash. With our continued partnership with Visit Harford, the BBQ Bash brings tourists from all over the country to our incredible town,” reported Donna M. Dickey, President of the Board of Directors for the Bel Air Downtown Alliance. “The BBQ Bash not only brings feet on the street to Bel Air, but new visitors to Harford County as well. We are grateful to Visit Harford for their continued support and partnership. This year’s event will be bigger and better the ever! Come out to visit us and stay awhile,” she added.

About the MD State BBQ Bash

Harford County MD’s most anticipated event of the year is the MD State BBQ Bash. The MD State BBQ Bash will take place on Friday, August 10th (4-10 pm) and Saturday, August 11th (12-10 pm). 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 chicken and ribs while competing for cash, prizes, and most importantly, bragging rights. For more than 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 BBQ Championship Competition 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 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.
About Visit Harford!
Visit Harford! is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization and is the county’s Destination Marketing Organization, with the mission of supporting tourism and tourism related activities for Harford County. Visit Harford was appointed Harford County’s Destination Marketing Organization after the county privatized tourism in 2015. Visit Harford! has proudly been the Title Sponsor of the Maryland State BBQ Bash since 2016.
About the Bel Air Downtown Alliance

The Bel Air Downtown Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community development organization whose mission is to mobilize stakeholders to invest in Bel Air’s neighborhoods, economy, and quality of life. The Alliance, one of 28 Main Street Maryland communities founded in 2001, is a volunteer network of local businesses and prominent citizens that focuses on enhancing Downtown Bel Air through the preservation of its appearance, traditions, community identity, and economic stability. If you would like more information about this topic please contact the Bel Air Downtown Alliance at (443) 823-1797 or