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August 26th, 2023


Smoke on the Water BBQ Competition and Benefit is an annual event that is held in Lynnville, IA. The event began back in 2014 with the intention of having a BBQ competition that would raise funds in order to support a member of the community. Since then, Smoke on the Water has grown in the number of competitors, visitors, and funds raised.  Smoke on the Water has donated over $130,500 in the past 9 years. 


The Smoke on the Water Board works hard year-round in order to plan the event. There are many activities that take place during the two-day event, as well as entertainment.  Every spring, a member of the surrounding community is chosen as the event's beneficiary by the board. The chosen beneficiary is typically a person or family who is in need of financial assistance due to a medical hardship. In 2022, Smoke on the Water and its donors raised $20,500 for the beneficiary.

If you enjoy good food and want to support a great cause, Smoke on the Water is a fun-filled weekend for you. The 2023 event information is coming soon. 

If you can't make it to the event but would still like to donate to the cause, you may do so by sending a check in the mail or donating with Venmo. Our username is @smokeonthewaterbbq 


Thank you for your generous contributions. 

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