Backyard Competition

We are now accepting 2014 Backyard Applications!

The backyard division of Riverfest is just as competitive as the pro side of the competition and just as popular too. The backyard division sold out in advance last year, and we expect to do the same this year. New for 2014 - electricity! Each spot will have access to electricity this year. Keep in mind that you will have a limited amount of electricity. Those of you bringing RV's will still need to bring your own power source for your RV.

Backyard teams will compete in the chicken and ribs (spare ribs or baby back) and will can participate in the optional dessert category. KCBS (Kansas City Barbeque Society) rules apply for this competition.

Teams will be allowed to start setting up Thursday, Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. Meat will be inspected on Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The turn-in times will be 12 p.m for chicken and 12:30 p.m. for ribs on Saturday.

2014 Registration

Register for the 2014 Riverfest Backyard division by mail or online. There are a limited number of spots available, so we advise you to register early before they are gone.

2014 Riverfest Backyard App

Send completed application and check to:
Decatur Jaycees
P.O. Box 1026
Decatur, AL 35602

Backyard Division Entry Fees

Your entry fee includes your cooking site and four weekend armbands.

10x10 Cook Site: $120
20x20 Cook Site: $170
20x40 RV/Camper Site: $220

What Your Entry Fee Covers

Your entry fee includes:

  • All teams will be issued four weekend armbands. This will allow four people full access to Riverfest activities.
  • There will be access to electricity at each site and access to water nearby. We will have a water tank of non-potable water for washing pots and pans. Teams are responsible for a means to transport the water to their cook site.
  • All parking will be in the parking lot next to the competition area. If a team has purchased a 20x20 spot they can park one vehicle at their area.
  • Team spots will be based on a first-come, first-served basis according to the order the Decatur Jaycees receive the registration form and check. If teams would like to have more room, multiple spots can be purchased.
  • Teams cannot bring beer to the contest after 3 p.m. Friday afternoon. Cases of beer will be available for sale on site.
  • All cooking must be done on the team spots.
  • Ice is available for purchase on site.
  • Teams are responsible for bringing something to secure their tents. The concrete in the site area is too thick to drive stakes in to secure your EZ-Ups etc.
  • There will be a mandatory cooks meeting Friday, Sept. 13 at 5 p.m.

Turn-in times

  • 11:30 a.m.: Sauce
  • 12 p.m.: Chicken
  • 12:30 p.m.: Ribs 
  • 1 p.m.: Dessert

Prizes and awards

We will award trophies, ribbons and money in each of the two categories. The top 10 in each category will be announced. A team must participate in both categories to be eligible for Grand Champion. Money will be allocated based on total team entries. Part of the awards money will be used to buy trophies and ribbons.

Total prize amounts to be determined.

Hold Harmless Clause: The Decatur Jaycees shall not be responsible or liable in any way for any losses, costs, damages, liabilities, debts or expenses incurred by the participants of the 2014 Riverfest Cook-off, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, successors or assigns as a result of any acts, omissions or negligence of any person, firm, partnership or corporation attending or participating in the 2014 Riverfest Cook-off, whether or not the act, omission or negligence occurs prior to, during or following the 2014 Riverfest Cook-off.