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Fire Up the Grills
Scottsboro BBQ Festival Takes Place October 8

Decatur, Ala. – The aroma of slow-cooked barbeque fills the air around the picturesque downtown square of Scottsboro the second Saturday in October when the annual Scottsboro BBQ Festival sets up. The one day event welcomes award-winning pit masters and local barbeque gurus who battle it out to see who has the best chicken, ribs, pulled pork and dessert while raising funds for a local charity. Along with the barbeque competition, a variety of activities are offered to keep everyone entertained throughout the day.

Set for Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022, the Scottsboro BBQ Festival is a Kansas City Barbeque Society and an Alabama Barbeque Association sanctioned event and features three competitions. The backyard competition is for serious grill masters who are trying to become the grand champion and the people’s choice competition is where festivalgoers can purchase a $10 ticket and sample up to 10 butts and up to 10 desserts and vote for their favorite. The Kids-Q is open to ages 7 to 12 years old to see who can grill the best burger.

Other activities include a Barq-Off dog parade with prizes for the best costume, best groomed and best performer, an official Alabama cornhole tournament, a car, truck and cycle show; a beer garden, food vendors and art and craft vendors. A free kids fun zone allows the little ones to enjoy a day of activities including inflatables, games, climbing wall, pumpkin bowling, face painting and more.

Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and admission is free. All activities take place on the Downtown Square located at 316 S Broad Street in Scottsboro. For more information, visit

About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)
AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state. It is supported by 500-plus members consisting of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, counties, golf courses, restaurants, tour operators, accommodations, vendors, financial institutions and individuals. Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston. Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available by calling 800.648.5381 or by visiting Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @VisitNorthAL and like us at