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I Love BBQ and Music Festival is not the same ol’, same ol’

Entertainment in 2022 will include professional wrestling for the first time

Beer will be available to festival attendees also for the first time


I Love Barbecue & Music Festival at the North Elba Show Grounds


Bluegrass legends The Gibson Brothers added to event lineup


Event organized by USA Luge to benefit Shipman Youth Center

Photos courtesy I Love BBQ and Music Festival/Sandy Caligiore


LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – I Love Barbecue & Music Festival (ILBBQF) will return to the North Elba Show Grounds in Lake Placid from September 2-4.


The home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games is hosting an international and national level barbecue and grilling competition for the 15th time to benefit the Shipman Youth Center of Lake Placid (SYC).  The competition is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS), the world’s largest organization of barbecue and grilling enthusiasts.  The beneficiary of ILBBQF is The Shipman Youth Center (SYC) (, a not-for-profit community organization providing support to children and youth ages 10-18.


Over the past 15 years, the event has raised $325,000 for the center. The 16th Annual ILBBQF event ( will also include music, children’s activities, arts and crafts, vendor exposition, food demonstrations, food tasting, Krusher Stunt Team Free Style BMX bikes show, professional wrestling shows on Saturday and Sunday and celebrity appearances.  “We are expecting 40 professional barbecue teams from around the country and abroad to attend,” said Dmitry Feld, chief organizer, President of the Shipman Youth Center, and marketing manager for USA Luge. “On September 4, those teams will compete to win the title of the Grand Champion of The Lake Placid, NY – I Love Barbecue Festival.  On September 2, for the first time we are hosting a KCBS steak competition. Also, don’t forget to attend our most popular public event, Buck-A-Rib, on Saturday, September 3.


Feld was also proud to announce the addition of international bluegrass stars and homegrown talent, The Gibson Brothers, to the musical lineup on Sept. 2 at 7 PM. The natives of nearby Plattsburgh, N.Y. were named 2012 and 2013 Entertainers of the Year by the International Bluegrass Association.“ Adding the Gibson Brothers to our event will truly elevate the festival, and hopefully add many more in attendance to raise money for the Shipman Youth Center,” added Feld.


The center was inspired by Thomas Shipman, a designated Lake Placid youth police officer, who died in 1999 and built the center with community donations of money, materials and labor.


For the last 23 years, SYC has provided services to over 5,000 children. Programs include homework time and assistance, community services, recreational services, weekly family-style dinners, travel, and guest speakers. SYC provides a supervised, safe and exciting environment where local children can grow and develop as individuals.


Shipman Youth Center is 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization.


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The Lake Placid I Love Barbeque Festival  was listed as one of the top ten things to do in Lake Placid  check out the link :
It is listed at #4. 

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