New residents in Lindsborg can get a taste for the town this Saturday.

New residents in Lindsborg can get a taste for the town this Saturday.

The first Backyard Barbecue Competition and Frisbee Feed will be held Saturday, with smokers and grills starting up at 8 a.m. in the 100 block of East Lincoln Street in Lindsborg. Competitors will be judged at 5:45 p.m., then at 6 p.m., residents can purchase a frisbee-full of whichever contestant’s pulled pork sandwich they choose, along with beans and chips, at $7 a plate.

Judges for the barbecue competition are USD 400 superintendent Glen Suppes, Bethany College president William Jones, and Stan Hays, Lindsborg native and founder of Operation BBQ Relief.

As sponsors like the Orthopaedic Sports Health Clinic in Salina and Sodexo have covered most costs of the barbecue, proceeds will benefit the Smoky Valley After Prom.

“We’re just looking at some new avenues for fundraisers than what we’ve always done in the past, and we thought a barbecue competition could be a great start,” said Roxie Sjogren, Smoky Valley After Prom committee member. “We provide the pork butts to the competitors, so we’re looking to turn around and sell it again as the fundraiser meal.”

Sjogren explained that as a “backyard” competition, amateur grillers will be showing off their chops this Saturday. The first place competitor will win a Green Mountain tailgate grill, donated by Anderson Body Shop.

“I don’t think there’s ever been a barbecue competition in Lindsborg ever, so it’s great to see one start,” said Debbi Jacobson, co-chair of the street dance committee. “The street dance gets a huge crowd anyway, so since they’re hosting the meal there right before, it’s a great opportunity to feed a built-in audience.”

Just after dinner, attendees can stick around for the annual city-wide street dance, featuring King Midas and the Muflers.

The dance runs from 8 to 11 p.m. on the 100 block of North Main Street. Attendees should bring lawn chairs and dancing shoes to catch the top tunes of the 1950s through the 1980s.

“A lot of the high school kids, college kids, or just people new to Lindsborg come out to these events,” Jacobson said. “A lot of them are new to the area, so it’s a great time to out and see what Lindsborg has to offer.”