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MARYVILLE, Mo. — A partnership between the Nodaway County Fair Board, the city of Maryville, KNIM and the Kansas City Barbecue Society will bring an event-filled Labor Day weekend to The Point at Mozingo Lake.

The Sept. 4-6 barbecue event is sanctioned with KCBS and teams are currently being registered to compete in a barbecue contest. The Master Series and Backyard Series BBQ competitions will be joined by a beer garden, bounce houses, a cornhole tournament, live music and several organizations putting on activities and cooking up food.

A People’s Choice contest also is set for Saturday where the public can pay to sample wings and vote on their favorite. The People’s Choice winner will get to choose a Nodaway County nonprofit toward which to donate the winnings.

“We’ve wanted to do this event for a number of years, and with having to cancel the fair our board worked to get things in motion for this fall,” Nodaway County Fair Board member Aaron Auten said.

“The city has been great to work with, having wanted to have an event for the people that come to the lake during the holiday weekend.”

Musical entertainment for the event will include Phil Vandel and Alexandra Kay, both of whom had contracts with the Nodaway County Fair before it was canceled. Kay will perform Friday night and Vandel on Saturday evening. Local entertainment also will perform on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

KNIM will be hosting its Country Showdown on Sept. 6, even though the national contest has been canceled. The winner will receive $500.

Registration for the showdown can be found at or at the station. Registration deadline is Aug. 14.

The site has registration forms ready for the cornhole tournament.

Vendors interested in being a part of the event can also contact for more information. The Nodaway County Fair Facebook page will be updated with additional details as the event nears.

Sponsorship for the event is available by contacting the same email address. For $100, sponsors may bring their own banner, up to 3 feet by 5 feet, to put up at the event.

“We’re hoping this event will be timed right so that we can come together as a community,” Auten said. “We also want this to be a fall festival of sorts that will be something people look forward to each year. This will in no way replace the fair, but our board is looking to put on both events moving forward. We think each will benefit the other in many aspects.”

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