Saluting With Smoke BBQ Festival & Fundraiser

Presented by: Plano Skies Solar Project

September 15-17, 2023
Raging Waves Water Park
Yorkville, IL


2023 Festival Activities

The Saluting With Smoke BBQ Festival is a fundraiser for Veteran suicide prevention & awareness in support of the Mission Zero Hundred Hours programs. The event is free to the public for general admission.

Join us on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for live bands, carnival rides, competition BBQ teams, food trucks, raffles, silent auctions, beer tents, local craft vendors, Veteran owned businesses, kids activities, and more. 

Friday, September 15

5:00pm Gates and food vendors open
5:00pm Warthog (Band)
5:00pm Regiment 22 VIP BBQ Dinner
7:00pm Battle of the Branches Roll Call
7:30pm BBQ Awards Ceremony
7:45pm Presentation of colors
7:45pm Hard Rock Fossils (Band)
9:40-11pm Supercell (Band)

Saturday September 16

9:00am Gates and food vendors open
10:00am Regiment 22 VIP area open
11:00am Stampede (Band)
1:30pm Legend (Band)
3:30pm The BBQ League Pitmaster BBQ
3:30pm VIP Competition BBQ tasting 
5:45pmBBQ Awards Ceremony
7:30pmBottomz Up (Band)
9:40pm Seven Soul (Band)
11:00pm Quiet Hours & Event Closed

Sunday September 17

9:00am Gates open Food vendors open
11:00am High Wired (Band)
1:30pm Modern Vintage (Band)

4:00pm BBQ Awards
4:30pm Event CLOSED & Load-Out

Band Schedule

Friday Bands

5:00pm Warthog
7:45pm Hard Rock Fossils
9:40pm Supercell

Saturday Bands

11:00am Stampede
1:30pm Legend
7:30pm Bottomz Up
9:40pm Seven Soul

Sunday Bands

11:00am High Wired
1:30pm Modern Vintage

Festival Rides & Amusements

New this year is a Carnival provided by Windy City Amusements. Enjoy the rides, while Dad gets lost in the world of BBQ smokers and pitmasters. Featuring rides for all ages, and a midway.


Craft & Food Vendors

Food & Refreshments

      • Raging Waves – Funnel Cakes
      • Craft’d – Beer, Alcohol, Wine
      • Windy City Amusements – Carnival Fare
      • Foxy’s Ice Cream
      • TC’s BBQ Company
      • Tone Capone’s Tacos
      • Code One Coffee
      • Gun Barrel Coffee
      • Hell’s BBQ
      • Antioch Pizza Shop
      • Alfie BBQ Cooking

      Vendors, Crafts & Entertainment

        • Plano Skies Solar Project
        • Lil Bird Kitchens
        • Stogie Tobacconist
        • Northern Lights Scents
        • Corspice
        • Joliet Police Battle Buddy
        • Sisters concrete creations
        • Zoe Bentley
        • Extreme Axe Throwing
        • Bath Planet
        • Hines VA
        • The Fallen Outdoors
        • Rack Masters BBQ Provisions

        Want to be a Vendor?

        Submit your vendor application and our team will be in contact.

        2023 Event Sponsors

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