BBQ Competition Marks Football Home Opener Sept. 8

To celebrate the home opener, the Truman football team is sponsoring The Smoke at Stokes, a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned BBQ competition, Sept. 8.

Starting at 11 a.m., the parking lot located at the southwest corner of Franklin and Patterson streets will be the site of a state championship BBQ event. Live blues music from Deadwood will be performed between 1-3:30 p.m. with a short intermission to present the BBQ awards. Concessions will be available throughout the day.

Beginning at 4 p.m. the parking lot will be opened for one of the two Truman tailgate events this season. Samples from the BBQ competition will also be available at that time. For $5 participants can taste a selection from each competitor and cast their vote for the People’s Choice award.

All of this leads up to the football home opener when the Bulldogs will take on Lincoln (Mo.) at 7 p.m. As part of the pre-game activities, the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team will jump into Stokes Stadium for the National Anthem. The Golden Knights will be performing at the Kirksville Air Fest Sept. 9.
General admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and those K-12. Tickets will be available at the ticket windows before the game. For more information on the Smoke at Stokes or the home opener, contact Truman Athletics at 660.785.4235 or visit

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