I Love BBQ and Music Festival better than you remember it 

Pro wrestling, craft beer, buck-a-rib, car show, kid’s stuff, BMX bikes, more

Annual event raises funds for local Shipman Youth Center in Lake Placid


LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – The I Love BBQ and Music Festival, set for Sept. 3-5, has relocated to the North Elba Show Grounds on Route 73 outside Lake Placid after over a decade at the Olympic Skating Oval. Reconstruction of that venue forced the change, but instead of potentially taking elements of the festival away, organizers have actually been able to add more value for their guests. 

The annual festival raises needed funds for the Shipman Youth Center in Lake Placid and is organized by USA Luge as a give-back to the community for the past 14 years. The event was held as a drive-in movie festival in 2020 due to COVID-19.

Sure, there will be competitions in a number of categories to test the mettle of the attending barbecue teams, and visitors can expect the top regional bands to entertain under a tent over the three days. The ever-popular Buck-a-Rib returns on Saturday from 1-3 PM as do kid’s attractions with the Coconut Tree and inflatable mountain, pulled pork tasting and BMX Krusher Stunt Team bike exhibitions.

But for the first time, Moriah-based PAC Wrestling will put on a family-friendly show at the site of Lake Placid’s yearly horse shows on Sept. 4 from 4-6 PM. Also, ice cold craft beer will be available for purchase, something that has never occurred as the skating oval is on Lake Placid Central School District property. The Olympic Car Show, held annually on the skating oval and now also displaced, will join the festivities on Sunday, Sept. 5, from 11 AM to 5 PM at the horse show grounds.

“While the COVID pandemic stopped us from having the ILBBQF in 2020, we are moving forward for 2021 ILBBQF. With entertainment addition of pro wrestling, antique car show, return of People’s Choice Award events like pulled-pork tasting on Friday, September 3 and return of our most popular event $1 Buck a Rib on Saturday, September 4, we are hoping to provide to Tri-Lakes communities and visitors a memorable and exciting place to visit during Labor Day weekend.”

Feld also stated that a raffle will be held with a limited number of tickets sold at $50 each. A total of $7,500 will be handed out in a random drawing that will help close the event on Sunday afternoon. The Grand Prize will be $3,000. To purchase a ticket, please log on to www.shipmanyouthcenter.org and press Donate to purchase your ticket.

A complete list of activities and schedules for the weekend can be found at the home page of www.ilbbqf.com.