American Royal barbecue contest moves to Kansas

(KSNT Photo/Brian Dulle)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The American Royal annual barbecue contest is moving from Missouri to Kansas.

The American Royal Association announced Thursday that the contest will be held at the Kansas Speedway from Oct. 26-30. The Kansas City Star reports it’s the first time the event, which started 36 years ago, will be in Kansas.

The contest, which draws hundreds of amateur and professional barbecue teams and tens of thousands of attendees, has had three locations in Kansas City, Missouri, including at Arrowhead Stadium.

The American Royal Association said in a release that the move to the Speedway was necessary because of scheduling conflicts at the Truman Sports Complex.

Kansas Speedway President Pat Warren said in a statement he looks forward to showing contestants and fans “a great time at our unique venue.”

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said, “We are pleased to welcome the world’s largest barbecue competition in the world to one of the best venues in the region. Competitors and guests will enjoy the hospitality of our state as the 2016 American Royal Barbecue competition comes to the Kansas Speedway in October.”

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