The best BBQ festival in Illinois is taking place this summer which may be the best BBQ competition in the nation. Taste test all the top competitors and decide for yourself who has the best meat. Once you read more about this mouthwatering festival you’ll be packing your bags to attend it yourself.

Summer is the perfect time of year for barbecue. Scroll on to learn more about this epic event.

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Effingham Ham Jam BBQ Cookoff will take place in downtown Effingham near the county courthouse and other government buildings along Fourth Street, Jefferson Street, and Washington Avenue.

Can’t make it to this event? You can still get your barbecue fix. Check out these 10 amazing BBQ restaurants located throughout Illinois.

If you have plans to go to this BBQ competition or have been there in the past, we’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below! We love hearing about your firsthand experiences at these unique events.

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Festivals In Illinois

What are the best festivals in Illinois?

We certainly wouldn’t blame you if attending this spectacular BBQ festival got you on a celebratory kick. And Illinois has so many fabulous festivals you’ll have plans booked out for the whole year. While you’re in The Prairie State, check out the best festivals in Illinois.

  • Wabash Ribberfest Barbecue Championship - Mt. Carmel
  • Carl Sandburg Days - Galesburg
  • Dutch Days Festival - Fulton
  • Mushroom Festival at Pere Marquette - Grafton
  • HerrinFesta Italiana - Herrin
  • Riverbend Earth Day Festival - Godfrey
  • Toledo Spring Festival - Toledo
  • Chocolate Fest - Long Grove
  • 2 Rivers Wine Fest - Ottawa
  • Harvard Milk Days - Harvard
  • The World of Faeries Festival - South Elgin
  • Garlic Fest - Highwood
  • Broom Corn Festival - Arcola
  • Scarecrow Fest - St. Charles
  • The Sycamore Pumpkin Festival - Sycamore

 

What are the most unique celebrations in Illinois?

Not all of the festivals and celebrations to be had in the state are straightforward. Sure, we love a harvest festival as much as the next person, but sometimes travelers crave something more unique. If that’s the case, check out the most unique celebrations in Illinois.

  • Fulton Dutch Days Festival
  • Popeye Picnic
  • Superman Celebration
  • International Horseradish Festival
  • Midwest Garlic Fest
  • Stark County Morel Mushroom Festival
  • Veggie Fest
  • Turkey Testicle Festival

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