Bands & BBQ at the Point will begin at 7 p.m. Friday in Carrollton's Point Park.

Free admission is the biggest change this year to make it more appealing to a wider audience.

The event started as Blues to the Point around 1992, and has only missed one year of celebration since then, said Rhonda Crutcher, executive director of Carrollton and Carroll County Tourism.

"In the past the music lineup was blues, but this year we have mixed in some other genres in hopes that we have something for everyone," Crutcher said.

The bands will begin Friday at 7 p.m. There will be a mix of blues, country and classic rock, Crutcher said. This year there will also be inflatables for children as well as the park playground.

Last year was the first barbeque competition at the Blues to the Point event, and it was for more amateur than expert barbequers.

This year, the Bands and BBQ at the Point event is a Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned event and is also a state-sanctioned competition, which is sure to bring more serious barbeque cooks and fans. There are 19 barbeque competition entries so far. The barbeque competition will begin at noon Saturday.

Cooking categories include chicken, pork ribs, pork shoulder or butt, beef brisket, best sauce and "anything but." The entry fee per team is $225. Over $5,000 in prizes will be awarded.

"Barbeque is a sport," Crutcher said. "You can come and get educated about barbeque. They take it very seriously."

Kansas City Barbeque Society-certified judges will judge the barbeque competition. First- through sixth- place will be awarded in each category with a cash prize and points. The grand champion of the BBQ competition will win $1,000, and the Reserve Champion will win $700.

Entry forms can be picked up at the Carroll County Tourism Office, 515 Highland Ave. in Carrollton or online at Forms can be e-mailed by request by contacting Crutcher at or by calling (502) 732-7036.

"We are hoping to give to the area something fun to do at a time when our economy has made good times tough to afford and to raise awareness of the fun you can have cooking BBQ," Crutcher said. "It's going to be a really fun event and we hope we'll have people from surrounding towns and locals come out and enjoy."