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The 76th annual edition of the community event starts Friday, Aug. 19, at Sunset Park in Banks.

PMG FILE PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - The Banks BBQ is back this weekend for more demolition.With a few hundred pounds of beef and $100 at the top of the pole, the Banks BBQ and Truck & Tractor Pull is back at Sunset Park Friday, Aug. 19, to Sunday, Aug. 21.

The 76th annual event starts Friday with a poker tournament at Schlegel Hall. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday registration for the car and tractor pull starts at 11 a.m. A beer garden and hamburger stand is open all day.

From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., there will be a cornhole tournament benefiting the Banks High School football team.

Saturday's truck and tractor pull starts at 5:30 p.m., with a concert from the Double Barrel Band to follow.

For Sunday, there is a parade around town starting at 11 a.m., followed by the BBQ's traditional beef sandwiches, which will consume around 600 pounds of cow.

At 1 p.m., there is a frog jumping contest and a greased pole climbing contest for kids.

"We thumbtack some money on top of the poll. It's usually $100," organizer David Duyck said. "The frog jump is trying to get your frog to cover the most distance in three leaps.

"We have a lot of long-time organizers who have been doing these sort of things for decades and decades."

Duyck predicted Saturday and Sunday night will sell out with around 3,000 people.

The BBQ ends 4:30 p.m. Sunday with a combine destruction derby.

Duyck said the vehicles put to work in the derby are typically older-model combines, of the sort used for harvesting crops like wheatgrass and clover.

"It's like a car demolition derby, and they go out there and smash into each other except with these big old combines," Duyck explained. "It's a pretty good crowd-pleaser."

For more information, visit bankssunsetpark.com/bbq. No pets allowed.


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