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66th annual Buffalo Barbecue event is this weekend in Grand Lake

Runners in last year's Buffalo BBQ 5K head up the hill on Garfield Street at the start of the race in Grand Lake.

GRAND LAKE —The scenic town of Grand Lake will be celebrating its western heritage again this year with the 66th annual Buffalo Barbecue Weekend celebration, July 19-21.

The weekend will start with a stunning lighted boat parade, on the North Shore of Grand Lake, at 9:30 p.m., on Friday.

Saturday will be filled with activities for the entire family. It is the day of the Buffalo Stampede 5k Race — registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with the race starting at 8 a.m. There will be plenty of options to refuel after the race. The Rotary Club will host a pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m.; purchase tickets for all you can eat pancakes and sausage. The Chamber will begin serving pulled buffalo sandwiches with all the fixin's from noon- 3 p.m. After you've had your fill of food, take some time to explore the happenings around town on Saturday. There will be a Kids Zone near town park on Grand Avenue, full of interactive games for children.

Others may want to check out the Buffalo Trading Post Vendor Fair for metal work, leather work, and other items one may find at an old west mercantile store. Saturday evening features live music in the park beginning with Sandra Dee and Charlie at 3:45 p.m. and ending with the finalists giving live vocalist performances for the Texaco Country Showdown at 5 p.m. The winner will advance to the state competition.

Saturday's activities don't quite end there. A schedule of activities exists for after the showdown.

Buffalo Barbecue Weekend rounds out on Sunday. At 10 a.m., the Buffalo Trading Post Vendor Fair and the Kids Zone will open in town park. Cowboy Church in the Park also begins at 10 a.m., Sunday. It will be lead by Stillwater Chapel and guest performances by Sandra Dee and Charlie. The Chamber will begin selling buffalo sandwiches at 11 a.m. to get everyone nice and full prior to the 1 p.m. Buffalo Herd Parade. More live music is scheduled for throughout the evening.

Buffalo Barbecue weekend is a truly unique event for Grand Lake, come for the race, the barbecue and parades and stay for the local musical talent, small town charm, and staged shoot-outs and jail in the street.

More information can be found at grandlakechamber.org.