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Thanks for such an amazing day, see you next year!




Get especially excited.


Smokin' on Broadway: a community celebration

Now in its fourth year, Smokin' on Broadway is a community-oriented and community-supported festival, featuring a BBQ contest, art, free concerts, and all sorts of activities for a day-long event. It's fun, it's goofy, it's for all ages, and it is very much Imperial. Whether you're a professional or amateur BBQ competitor, all are welcome to join our BBQ contest. Hangry for BBQ? Us too! You'll love the amazing food our competitors produce, and the variety of food and beverages for purchase from our vendors. Do you enjoy live music? We have a diverse lineup of regional musicians that will offer something for everyone to love. Do you love art? So do we! Imperial's first public mural (the really awesome one at the top of this page) was painted during the inaugural Smokin' on Broadway and in 2017 we featured a live painting contest for youth. Want to get weird? Come play human foosball, massive Scrabble and Jenga games. These are only a few of the fun activities we have done in previous years. We have a few more tricks up our sleeve this year. We guarantee there will be something for everyone.

Smokin' on Broadway started with the simple idea of creating Imperial's first barbecue contest. Each year, our competitors prepare and slowly smoke hundreds of pounds of mouth-watering chicken, pork, and beef. Oh my! Got a hankering to smoke meat? We invite you to join our competition. Registration packets for 2019 are now available! Hungry for the best BBQ around? Come visit us at this year's Smokin' on Broadway to taste dozens of samples from our competitors. We can't eat it all ourselves. We tried. Oh boy have we tried.

Barbecue: pieces of beef, fowl, fish, or the like, roasted over an open hearth, especially when basted in a barbecue sauce.

Our besties at Hear Nebraska made this amazing recap of Smokin' on Broadway 2017. It's just a small sample of all of the fun available at Smokin' on Broadway.