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CUMMING — This weekend, the Cumming Fairgrounds will play host to the fourth annual National Barbecue Cup: Que’n in Cumming.

Set for 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, the event is expected to draw a crowd of thousands.

“It has grown a little bit every year,” said organizer Randall Bowman. “We have about 130 teams taking part.”

The gathering, which has become one of the premiere barbecue events in the country, is part of the Kansas City Barbeque Society, a group of more than 19,000 barbecue enthusiasts that stages more than 450 contests each year.

“It’s just really become the who’s who of barbecue,” Bowman said. “Inside the barbecue industry, this is one of those must-have things to go to for the teams.

“We work hard to take care of the teams and make this truly a team-friendly event.”

The barbecue event is one of the largest in the Southeast, as well as the country, according to Bowman.

“We have the best of competition barbecue teams coming to Cumming,” he said. “This is the largest event in Georgia. It is the fourth largest in the country.”

Other than cooking, the event will also feature music, raffles and other activities.

“We have a kid zone, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, product raffles, demonstration [and] live music,” Bowman said. “This year, we’re just going to have one group within the beer garden on Saturday, then we have a DJ playing music during the open hours on Friday and Saturday.”

The beer garden made its debut at last year’s competition.

“For the second year in a row, we are the only event to ever have a liquor license to be able to serve beer at the fairgrounds,” Bowman said.

Tickets to the event are $7, with tasting tickets going for five for $5. Each tasting ticket also receives one vote in the “people’s choice” competition.