Barbecue cook-off

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Barbecue lovers can follow their noses to Smuggler’s Den Campground on Route 102 next weekend, where cooks are to congregate and compete for prizes in the Great Maine Barbecue Challenge.

This is the first year of the event, organized by Frank Pendola, the host of the ever-popular Nostrano Garlic Festival. More than $12,000 in prizes will be awarded in various categories. The grand champion of the Kansas City Barbecue Society contest is to receive $5,000.

The event opens Friday, Sept. 9, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 11. For more information, visit

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