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What’s Cooking at the Scottsboro BBQ Festival October 9th

Decatur, Ala. – Scottsboro’s picturesque downtown square will be the backdrop for the annual Scottsboro BBQ Festival, a one day event where award-winning pit masters and local barbeque gurus battle it out to see who has the best chicken, ribs, pulled pork and dessert while raising funds for a local charity. As the smell of barbeque fills the air, a variety of activities are offered to keep everyone entertained throughout the day.

Set for Saturday, Oct. 9th, the Scottsboro BBQ Festival is a Kansas City Barbeque Society and an Alabama Barbeque Association sanctioned event and features several 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 festival goers 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, a certified Alabama Cornhole tournament, a car, truck and cycle show; pumpkin decorating contest; food vendors and art and craft vendors. The free kids fun zone on the northwest corner of the courthouse lawn allows the little ones to enjoy a day of activities including inflatables, games, climbing wall, pumpkin bowling face painting and more.

Introduced in 2019 as part of the festival, the Witches Ride is a fun bike ride to the downtown square to raise money for a local charity. Women dress up as witches, ride their brooms (bikes) and throw candy to the little monsters (kids) who are eagerly awaiting in the downtown square. Prizes will be awarded to best costume and best decorated bike. Proceeds from the ride benefit Sadye’s Fund for Spreading Hope, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that was created for the purpose to raise money to help families in northeast Alabama whose children have been diagnosed with cancer or other serious/terminal illnesses.

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