Certified Holy Smoke Team Member David Elrod from Pathway Baptist Church in Calvert City says he loves competing, but also like the familiarity of coming back year after year.
"There's a big family, after being down here 10 years, our neighbors and stuff, they all help us, and we help them. It's a good charity event." Elrod said.
More than 80,000 pounds of pork and chicken have been sold. The three-day event brings in more than 40,000 people along with an army of volunteers.
"We've got tables to clean up, trash to take care of, and then barbecue to cook, and its around the clock work so it takes a big group," Elrod said.
Each stand provides proceeds to the charity of their choice. Meredith Story is volunteering at the Relay For Life Friends and Kin stand.
"I choose to volunteer each year, because we are raising money for cancer research," Story said.
If pork sandwiches and brisket don't call your name. There's fried pb&j, mini donuts, and kettle corn to try. There's even food for your furry friends like dog treats at the Rose Wood Booth.
Kids can play plenty of games, and get their face painted. There's also 100 retailers to shop from, which is what Brianna Tice looks forward too.
"My favorite part is probably all the shops and stuff, like all the clothes," Tice said.
It's a festival almost anyone can enjoy with fun that encourages volunteers to come back and keep making west Kentucky barbecue.
"We are out here at 100 percent and we give it a 100 percent all weekend long," Story said.
Barbecue On The River officials say teams sold more food on Thursday and Friday than last year. Donation totals will be available after 30 days.