Two-day “Grillin & Chillin” event to be held at Simpson Park in Chillicothe

Grillin and Chillin

Chillicothe invites patrons from all around to a two-day Fourth of July celebration featuring two main events to be held June 30 to July 1 to be held at Simpson Park.  

The first ever Grillin & Chillin event will be held in Chillicothe and feature a BBQ contest with approximately 25 teams from all over the Midwest starting when the park opens at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 30. This is a Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned BBQ contest and will include food vendors, a cooking class and live entertainment in the evening with a 21 and up venue area. Barbecue events with food vendors on site will be available Saturday also. Games and activities for the kids are also available on site. 

Grillin & Chillin is free and open to the public and visitors are allowed to come catch a whiff of barbecue from all kinds of cooks. The free cooking class will be led by eight-time World Champion Barbecue Master, Chris Marks. Bands Hollow Point and Centerline will play live music starting Friday night at 5 p.m. 

Barbecue contest awards will be presented at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Proceeds from this fundraising event will go to the North Missouri Center for Youth and Families. To enter the BBQ contest or for more information regarding the Grillin & Chillin contest, check out the Facebook page at

In conjunction with the Grillin & Chillin BBQ contest, Chillicothe will also be hosting the annual Freedom Festival Fourth of July celebration on Saturday evening July 1.  This event will take place immediately following the barbecue event. The Freedom Festival is presented in conjunction with the City of Chillicothe and several local businesses and foundations. This year’s Festival is being co-chaired by Carl Mcbee and Terry Rumrey.

The Freedom Festival will begin around 4 p.m. with food and snack vendors as well as on-site games and activities for kids.  Live entertainment for the evening will be provided by The Dustin Thomas Band and Point of No Return starting at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Guests to the Freedom Festival are encouraged to bring your own lawn chair. The professional pyrotechnic fireworks show will begin at dusk.

This event is weather pending and in the case of rain, stay tuned to local media.

Contact Info: Carl McBee, 660-973-1953 or [email protected]