Pork and Hops draw cooks from near and far

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- People ate up barbecue at the 11th annual Pork and Hops festival as it finished up today with barbecue competitions. Pros and amatures participated in the competition.

Live music and a corn hole tournament added to the attraction.

It was the first year to hold the event at Las Colonias Park and Amphitheater.

"It's just a really exciting event," Pete Ashman, Grand Junction Parks and Recreation, said. "We've got barbecue teams from all over the country that come and participate in the barbecue festival."

"People can pay $10 and get ten different tastes of different competitors pork, and then decide their favorite. All money goes to United Way of Mesa County," Honora Thompson, United Way of Mesa County, said.

36 judges from the Kansas City barbecue society tasted pork, chicken, ribs and brisket. 28 pro teams and a dozen amateur teams competed for the tastiest barbecue.

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