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Eighth annual Kentucky State BBQ Festival is smoking!

From left, Dawn and Fred Archer, and their friends, Debbie and Rick Brune, all from Indiana, share a bite to eat Friday night. Rick said they have come to the festival for the past three years and enjoy the atmosphere, fun and food.

People begin walking into the Kentucky State BBQ Festival Friday evening.

A whole hog was roasted by pit master Mike Mills for the VIP Luau to raise money for the Heart of Kentucky United Way.

Tina and David Fair, of Casey County, were at the festival Friday night.

Tim Trammell, of Somerset, bites into a rack of ribs at the Kentucky State BBQ Festival Friday night. He said he wasn’t able to come last year, but was glad he was able to check it out this weekend.