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Memphis in May International Festival has opened the application process and begun the path toward crowning the World Champion of Pork at the 2017 World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. The 40th anniversary of the iconic competition will take place in beautiful Tom Lee Park in downtown Memphis on May 17-20, 2017, marking the first year of four-day competition. Applications to join the ranks of the smokin’est pitmasters on the planet are available now by clicking here.

Festival organizers project another max-capacity competition, where more than 250 top-tier barbecue teams will battle it out for the ultimate title in ‘Cue. The world-renown competition routinely draws teams from across the country and around the globe. This year those teams will include at least one team from Memphis in May honored country, Colombia. The 2017 contest will be scored by over 300 judges, with some anticipated 90-plus newly trained officiants after the sold-out judging seminar to be held on November 19, 2016.

“This is a significant anniversary for the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest,” says James L. Holt, president and CEO of Memphis in May. “Our judging seminar sold out in record time and we expect the same for the 40th anniversary contest. We are looking forward to some very serious competition in 2017 as the teams vie for the title of World Champion.” The largest prize purse in the history of the championship, totaling $117,150 in prize money, is expected to draw the world’s fiercest pitmasters into a grill-to-grill showdown like none before. All competition categories (whole hog, shoulder, and ribs) will see higher prize payouts this year. In addition to the core categories of Whole Hog, Rib, Shoulder and Patio Porkers, there are 12 ancillary contests to add a little spice to the mix of winners.

Next year’s major anniversary makes the 2017 World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest a bucket-list must-do for both barbecue tourists and locals alike. Primary sponsors include Cattlemen’s Barbecue Sauce, Kingsford and Budweiser.

Applications are available here with an application deadline of February 19, 2017.

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