Effingham IL Illinois State KCBS BBQ Barbeque, Hometown Throwdown

 

Contests

  • hometown throwdown amateur competition

    Information for the 2017 Hometown Throwdown Amateur competition is now available! The application is below for teams interested in participating in the event. For more information or questions regarding the contest, please contact the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce at 217-342-4147.

    competitor application

    rules

    contest flyer

  • KCBS professional competition

    Information for the 2017 KCBS competition is now available! Applications are below for both KCBS competition teams and certified judges interested in participating in the event. For more information or questions regarding the sanctioned contest, please contact the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce at 217-342-4147.

    competitor application

    judging application

  • Kids Q competition

    Information for the 2017 Kids Q competition is now available! The application is below for kids interested in participating in the event. For more information or questions regarding the sanctioned contest, please contact the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce at 217-342-4147.

    competitor application

Schedule of Events

live music

Save the date and come smell the BBQ downtown! Contact the Chamber Foundation of Effingham County for complete details and how you can get involved! All proceeds generated from the event will benefit the Chamber Scholarship Fund.

Friday night's musical performance will be ESP. They are the area's premier Arena Rock act, playing top hits from Journey, REO, Boston, Kansas, Foreigner, Styx, and many more! ESP will be performing from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

Saturday afternoon's musical performance will be The Experienced. They are an aptly named trio with over a century of musical experiences combined. They play soft FM rock with minimal instrumentation and a focus. The Experienced will be performing from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. 

makin' bacon fitness challenge

Come participate in three different fitness classes, available in Effingham, on the downtown courthouse square on Saturday, July 29th from 8am to 11am during the KCBS State Championship Competition. All three sessions of the fitness challenge can be tailored to any fitness level from kids and beginners to the most experienced individual, so leave your fear at home and come have a good time! Click here for more information and to download the sign up sheet or click the button below to sign up online.

Eventbrite - EffingHAM-JAM: Makin' Bacon Fitness Challenge

extra activities

Taking place in downtown Effingham, IL the weekend of July 28 - 29, 2017 along with live music, family fun, craft beer & beverages, Kids Q contest, Dilly Bar eating contest, and much more!!!

vendors

If you are interested in being a vendor, please download one of the applications below. For more information or questions regarding vendors, please contact the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce at 217-342-4147.

non-food vendor

food vendor

Ham-Jam sponsors

thank you!

The EffingHAM-JAM State BBQ Championship would not be possible without the support of many area businesses and organizations.

It is because of these pro-community efforts that result in events such as this to our area. Be sure to show your appreciation to this year's event sponsors! Interested in sponsoring? We welcome both financial and in-kind sponsorships to best fit your investment!

want to be a sponsor?

Email the Chamber

 


Presenting Sponsor

Coors Light

in association with Koerner Distributor

KCBS Competition Sponsor

Hometown Throwdown Sponsors

  • Entertainment Sponsor

    Whiskey Bend Entertainment
  • Judging Headquarters

    Effingham County Illinois
  • Trophy Sponsor

    John Boos
  • Hometown Throwdown Sponsor

    Martin's I G A
  • Texting Sponsor

  • Dilly Bar Eating Contest Sponsor

    Effingham Dairy Queen Grill & Chill
  • T-Shirt Sponsor

  • Marketing Sponsor

  • Pigs & Pancakes Sponsors

     

  • Schottman's Sweet Corn Sponsors

  • Family Fun Sponsor

  • Makin' Bacon Fitness Challenge Sponsor

  • Kids Q Competition Sponsors

About Ham-Jam

  • event coordination

    Chamber Foundation of Effingham County
    (217) 342-4147
    Email the Chamber

  • hotel accomodations

    Visit the Effingham Convention & Visitors Bureau website to learn more about lodging in the Effingham area.

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    Learn more & visit all the memories from previous "HamJams!"

Join us at the EffingHAM-JAM this July!

Circle July 28 and 29 on your calendar and join us in downtown Effingham, IL for the EffingHAM-JAM and Kansas City BBQ Society State BBQ Championship, sponsored by Coors Light in cooperation with Koerner Distributor. Friday evening's Hometown Throwdown local BBQ competition sets the stage for a great weekend of great BBQ, music, food and fun! Your team of amateur BBQ enthusiasts can compete for category trophies, a People's Choice award and the Grand Champion team will take home the $250 cach prize, sponsored by Martin's IGA. We'll also have great music, food and beverages. Thanks to the City of Effingham, participants will be able to move around the event area with beverages purchased at the Beer and Wine Tent. 

Saturday is the official KCBS State Championship Competition, but there will be plenty of other things to enjoy, starting with the popular Effingham Farmers Market. We've heard you and there will be BBQ tastings offered by the professional KCBS teams this year. Plus, we've added a new Kids Q BBQ competition for budding grillers and more great music! 

There are still great sponsorship opportunities available. We thank the Effingham Convention & Visitors Bureau, our marketing sponsor; John Boos & Company, our trophy sponsor and Effingham County Board, our judging headquarters sponsor. Information about Ham-Jam sponsorships is available on the Chamber website.