Fork all kinds of barbecue into your mouth Friday while listening to live music during Hopkinsville's second annual Squealin' on the Square at Founders Square, 198 W. Ninth St.

The competition in Historic Downtown Hopkinsville will begin at 6 a.m. and the fun will come to a close around 9 p.m.

About 10 teams will throw down in the competition, which is significant growth from last year, when three teams participated, said Tab Brockman, Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation superintendent.

This year's returning competitors include Hopkinsville Fire Department, New Work Fellowship and James Brewer. Newcomers include a variety of local eateries and BBQ vendors.

"All of the teams are from around the community, which makes it a lot of fun," Brockman said. "It will be a great variety of food centered around the barbecue theme."

Although admission to this event is free, guests must purchase food items from the vendors.

Brockman said a panel of six judges will critique each of the competitors entries. At the end of the night awards will be given for judge's favorite and fan favorite, he said.

During the food festival, SecondHand Crush, a local six-piece band, will entertain the crowd with popular tunes from the 70s through today. Brockman said the band is from the Pennyroyal Purchase region and a favorite at local marinas and lake resorts.

"Their specialty is pop rock and they have male and female lead vocalists, which gives them a lot of options on musical sounds and styles," he said.

The musical performance by SecondHand Crush is an installment of Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation's Fridays at 5 concert series. This is the third year Hopkinsville has hosted this family-friendly musical experience.

"Families love to come downtown to eat, meet other friends and enjoy music. You'll see lots of little ones dancing to the bands," he said. "Anytime we can offer entertainment options downtown it's a good thing for our community."

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