Become a Kansas City Barbeque Society Certified BBQ Judge or Table Captain

Huron, SD – The annual Original South Dakota BBQ Championships, held in conjunction with Wheel Jam on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds, is a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned event. To judge a KCBS sanctioned event, judges must be a certified KCBS judge. To increase the pool of certified judges and offer continued training to those already certified, a KCBS judging school will be held at the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Huron, South Dakota on Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Following the judging school, a table captain class will also be held. Taking the class will result in becoming a certified KCBS table captain.

The classes teach you the art and mechanics of judging and at the end of the class, participants be a certified judge. Those active or interested in becoming active in competitive BBQ may also consider taking the class as it teaches what the judges look for when judging.

Registration for the judging school is $85. Registration for the certified table captain class is $40 and participants must be a certified judge. The deadline to register for the classes is March 20.

To register or for more information, go to or call the State Fair Office at 605.353.7340.

To take either class, you must be a registered KCBS member. To become a member, go to and click join now.

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