Fire up the smokers! Colorado Pork and Hops finds new home at Las Colonias
The annual delicious, smoky scent of competition barbecue has moved.
Sorry, Lincoln Park.
No more will a haze hover in the branches of your arboretum and an aroma of smoked perfection cause spontaneous drooling anywhere in the vicinity.
The Colorado Pork and Hops set for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8–9, is now at Las Colonias Park.
The professional and amateur barbecue teams can now be found east of the amphitheater in the unpaved parking area.
Those who attend the event can park in the asphalt lot for $10.
And nearly everything else can be found in and around the amphitheater area, said Larry Manchester, recreation supervisor for the city of Grand Junction’s Parks and Recreation Department.
The cornhole tournament will be set up on a grass strip along the fence — look for a giant American flag and that’s where the tournament will be, Manchester said.
Vendors will be in the southwest corner of the amphitheater and the private party tents will be along the top edge of amphitheater’s grassy area, he said.
The People’s Choice BBQ Tasting on Saturday — $10 for 10 two-ounce samples of barbecue and a vote for your favorite — will be located on the cement “plaza area” on the east side of the amphitheater.
“There’s lots of room, but it’s a challenging space to utilize,” Manchester said of Las Colonias and its amphitheater. “It’s going to be interesting.”
The barbecue teams — earlier this week, 30 professional and 10 amateur teams were registered — weren’t super excited about leaving behind the grass and shade of Lincoln Park for the dirt space at Las Colonias, he said.
But the setting isn’t all that uncommon for this type of competition, and the area won’t always be the way it is now, he said.
Eventually, there will be grass and trees at Las Colonias, which offers more room for the event and competition to grow, he said.
“This transformation starts now,” he said.