Saluting With SMoke

BBQ Festival & Fundraiser

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, food trucks, raffles, silent auctions, beer tents, local craft vendors, Veteran owned businesses, kids activities, and more. 

Friday, September 15

5:00pm Gates open
5:00pm – 5:30pm DJ Hammer MC
5:30pm – 7:00pm Band
5:00pm Regiment 22 VIP BBQ Dinner
7:30pm BBQ Awards Ceremony
7:30pm-9:00pm Band
9:30-11pm Band

Saturday September 16

9:00am Gates and food vendors open
9:00am-11:30am DJ Hammer MC
10:00am  Regiment 22 VIP viewing area
11:00am-12:30pm Band
1:30pm-3:00pm Band
3:30pm The BBQ League BBQ Demos
3:30pm  VIP Competition BBQ tasting
6:30pm-7:30pm BBQ Awards Ceremony
7:30pm-9:00pm Band
9:30pm-11:00pm Band
11:00pm Quiet Hours & Event Closed

Sunday September 17

9:00am Gates open Food vendors open
9:00am-10:30am DJ Hammer MCing
11:00am-12:30pm Band
1:30-3:00pm Band
4:00pm BBQ Awards
4:30pm Event CLOSED & Load-Out


The band schedule is being finalized. Check back soon for the complete line up of bands.

Craft & Food Vendors

Food & Refreshments

      New vendors are being added regularly

      • Raging Waves – Funnel Cakes
      • Craft’d – Beer, Alcohol, Wine, Assorted Food
      • Alfie’s – BBQ

      Vendors & Veteran Owned Businesses

          New vendors are being added regularly

          • Lil Bird Kitchens
          • Grunt Style

          Want to be a Vendor?

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

          2023 Event Sponsors

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