Delaware Seashore State Park to host Boo-Que on Oct. 19-20

DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation will host the fourth annual “Boo-Que By the Sea,” a two-day barbecue cook-off competition and family festival beginning 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, and continuing Saturday, Oct. 20, at Delaware Seashore State Park.

The Boo-Que is a three-part festival — a professional barbecue competition sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), a local barbecued-pork competition hosted by La Vida Hospitality, and activities for the whole family on Friday and Saturday.

The event features a wide variety of family-friendly activities, and all proceeds from the event will benefit the Delaware Children in Nature Endowment Fund, which offers opportunities for young people to participate in outdoor experiences.

KCBS is a competitive cooking organization and the world’s largest non-profit group of barbecue and grilling enthusiasts, with more than 20,000 members worldwide. Every year, KCBS sanctions more than 450 barbecue contests worldwide, with the mission of recognizing it as “America’s Cuisine,” and “to celebrate, teach, preserve and promote barbeque as a culinary technique, sport, and art form.”

From 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, people can join the Kansas City Barbeque Competitors for a spooky evening, with trick-or-treating, kids’ costume contest and an opportunity for visitors to sample and select the “people’s choice award” winners for chicken wings. Craft beers will also be available on tap for adults.

From 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, people can come out for “everything BBQ,” with a professional and amateur BBQ Competition to see who will be crowned the champion. Twenty amateur and professional BBQ’ers will be cooking up their best pulled-pork recipes and serving them up. It will be an event for the entire family with kids’ activities, live music by Sweet Leda and food from area vendors.

For event details or to enter either the professional of local barbecue competitions, visit For more information, contact Caroline Kane at (302) 739-9185.