The Rotary Clubs of Springfield host the annual BBQ Festival, which benefits 7 area charities.
75 teams are entered in this year's competition, barbequing an estimated 14,000 pounds of meat.
Public sampling starts at 1pm Saturday at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. A party for sponsors and competitors happens tonight to kick off the festival.
Rock’n Ribs has distributed $1,307,000 to children’s charities in the area over the 15 years.
This year, charities that will get proceeds from the event are: Proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Town of Missouri, Ronald McDonald House Charities-Mobile Dental Unit, Ozark Trails Council - Boy Scouts of America, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Harmony House, Ozarks Regional YMCA and The Good Samaritan Boys Ranch.
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