What would the King Biscuit Blues Festival be without barbecue?

Well, you don't have to worry about that with the annual “Barbecue on the Levee” competition getting underway Saturday. The pits will lit up and the friendly rivalries will officially begin at 2:15 p.m. at The Manchester across from the KBBF office at 350 Phillips Street and will continue until 4:15.

What would the King Biscuit Blues Festival be without barbecue?

Well, you don't have to worry about that with the annual “Barbecue on the Levee” competition getting underway Saturday. The pits will lit up and the friendly rivalries will officially begin at 2:15 p.m. at The Manchester across from the KBBF office at 350 Phillips Street and will continue until 4:15.

More than two dozen teams are expected to participate. “Barbecue on the Levee” cook-off is officially sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.

There is a $7,100 prize purse in this year's “Barbecue on the Levee” cook-off with the grand champion receiving $1,000. A total of $700 will be presented to the reserve grand champion. The rest of the prize money will be distributed among the first through seventh place finishers in each of the four categories of competition.

A People's Choice Award will also be presented and it is worth $100 in prize money.

To participate in the People's Choice judging, a $10 admission will get you one beer or non-alcoholic beverage and a chance to sample all the dishes of the competitors and cast a vote for the most delicious. In addition to the cash, the winner will take home a homemade guitar trophy.

Dusty Patton is serving as the event chairman.

All information was provided by the Helena Advertising and Promotion Commission.