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Summer 2011

Showdown on the Plains to be filled with exciting aerobatics and delectable BBQ

by Kira Everhart-Valentin

Gravity-defying aerobatics, cooked-to-perfection barbeque cuts, $7,500 in prize money and plenty of kid friendly activities are going to make the 2011 Showdown on the Plains BBQ Challenge & Air Show a fun-filled event for the whole family. Set for September 9th-10th at the Scott City Municipal Airport in Scott City, Kan., the 2nd annual Showdown shouldn't be missed!

Centered around a Kansas City Barbeque Society ( sanctioned BBQ challenge that will begin Friday evening, September 9th, professional and amateur BBQ enthusiasts alike will be competing in four separate categories for their share of the $7,500 purse.

Saturday's festivities will begin with an on-site breakfast and fly-in's by pilots from throughout the region. The morning will also include free plane rides for youth under the EAA's Young Eagles program and access to a variety of inflatable kids' games. Numerous vintage and experimental aircraft will be on display as well as various classic cars. A delicious barbeque lunch will also be prepared by Fifth Street BBQ & Catering.

The afternoon will open with a patriotic presentation of the American flag and a tribute to the Dylan and Amy Spencer family – an aviation-loving Scott City family that was killed in a small plane crash near Topeka, Kan. in April 2011. It will be followed by an exciting, gravity-defying air show by the Team Vortex stunt pilots, a Kansas-based aerobatics team that will leave the audience breathless ( The Showdown will wrap up with the awarding of $7,500 in cash to the winning BBQ competitors at 4pm.

"We are really excited about this year's Showdown on the Plains," says Katie Eisenhour, Director of the Scott City Area Chamber of Commerce. "Last year we weren't sure what kind of turnout to expect and we had more than 1,500 people attend. We know that this year is going to be even bigger and better!"

Sponsors and VIPs will be able to rock the night away with competitors at the exclusive VIP event on Friday evening, where they'll enjoy barbeque cooked by the competitors themselves, great live music and a sneak peek into Saturday's stunning aerobatics show. Sponsorship levels range from $250 to $2,500. Those interested in sponsorship packages can contact Eisenhour for more details at 620-872-3525 or

The Showdown is hosted by the Scott City Area Chamber of Commerce ( as well as Wheatland Broadband Services ( and Precision Ag & Seed Services (

Admission to the event is free, though attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs for seating. Fly-in's and motorcycle ride in's are welcome and encouraged. Wristbands are available to youth for a day of inflatable fun. Registration fees for the BBQ challenge competitors are $175. For more information about the event or to register as a competitor or KCBS certified BBQ judge, go to


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