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If you’re going

* What: National Barbecue Cup: Cue’n in Cumming

* When: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday with People’s Choice from 7 to 9 p.m.; and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday with People’s Choice from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

* Cost: $5 admission Friday and Saturday, kids 10 and younger are free; People’s Choice tickets five for $5

* For more information, go to www.nationalbbqcup.com.

It’s almost barbecue time.

The National Barbecue Cup: Cue’n in Cumming returns for its third year at 5 p.m. Friday at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

The event, featuring more than 100 professional and amateur barbecue teams competing for their share of nearly $25,000 in prize money, will be open to the public through 10 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Founder and lead organizer Randall Bowman said he’s hoping for record crowds at this year’s event, which is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.

“There will be a lot going on and hopefully we’ll be able to continue building on the success we’ve had with the event the past two years,” he said, noting in 2012 the event drew nearly 18,000 spectators.

Admission to the event is $5 both days, with children age 10 and younger admitted free.

Friday’s lineup includes a People’s Choice contest, in which patrons can buy tasting tickets to sample Brunswick stew and chicken wings.

On Saturday, the People’s Choice event continues with pulled pork samples.

Tasting tickets are five for $5. Patrons can buy as many tickets as they would like and from each batch of five tickets, they vote for their top pick.

The tastings will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

New this year will be a beer garden area, in which patrons 21 and older can receive a wrist bracelet, which allows them to purchase up to two beers per day.

Bowman said the brews available will include Budweiser products and those from Cherry Street Brewing Cooperative in Cumming.

Besides food and drink, the cup will also include a number of family-friendly activities, such as a kids’ zone with inflatables and other games, and a wide range of arts and crafts vendors.

If the People’s Choice sampling events don’t provide enough sustenance, there will also be plenty of food vendors on site with a range of goodies for sell.

Saturday’s lineup also features performances from three local bands: The Endless Energy at 11 a.m.; The Cazanovas at 1 p.m.; and Across the Wide at 3 p.m.

Bowman’s hoping this year will be the best yet for the barbecue event.

“We’re supposed to have nice weather on Saturday, so hopefully we’ll have a big crowd,” he said.