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Competition or Sporting Event

Barbeque reigns supreme the second weekend in September when Riverfest sets up along the Tennessee River at Ingalls Harbor in Decatur, Alabama. Riverfest brings together pitmasters from across the country for some fierce barbeque competition as festivalgoers enjoy family-friendly fun and games and live music featuring musicians with local ties to Decatur.

Hosted by Mosaic Mentoring of North Alabama, Riverfest is recognized by the state of Alabama as an official State Barbeque Championship competition and is sanctioned by, and conducted under, the rules of the Kansas City Barbeque Society. Riverfest is also the third and final leg of the North Alabama Triple Crown, a dual sanctioned barbeque competition for North Alabama. The winner of the Triple Crown will be announced and presented a trophy and cash prize at the event. Competing for prize money and trophies, the barbeque cook-off is open to professional and amateur teams.

There will be live music Friday and Saturday nights featuring nationally known musicians mixed in with some local ties to Decatur and the surrounding areas.

Returning to Riverfest this year, the Smokin’ With Smithfield PitMaster Station will be handing out yummy product samples and their knowledgeable staff will provide helpful grilling and smoking tips. In addition, food vendors and food trucks offering barbeque and other traditional festival food will be on hand and a children's area will keep the young ones entertained. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on both days.


A one-day ticket is $15 per person and admission is free for children under 10 years old. Weekend passes are $25 per person and includes admission for both days. Tickets are sold at the gate and are available online now at Tickets may also be purchased at Mosaic Mentoring of North Alabama beginning the second week in August. Weekend passes can only be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the gate. Proceeds benefit Mosaic Mentoring of North Alabama.