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Smokin on the Columbia

Time: May 15, 2010 at 6am
Location: Historic Pier 39
Street: 100 39th Street
City/Town: Astoria, Oregon 97103
Website or Map:
Phone: Tom Rowe (775) 232-7172
Event Type: bbq, chili, oregon
Organized By: Tom Rowe PNWBA & Tolbert Group
Latest Activity: Apr 24, 2010

Event Description

BBQ and Oregon state chili championship.
Chicken, Ribs, Tri-Tip and Salmon
People's Choice Serving: 12:00 (noon)
Red Chili Turn In: 2:00 p.m. CASI judging, Chili Grind Only
Entry fees: $15 and 2 gallons for people's choice Cook's meeting 10:00 a.m.

Make checks payable to:
The United Way
PO Box 775
Astoria, OR 97103

Comment Wall

Comment by JD McGee on January 15, 2009 at 6:39pm
This looks like fun! I've not done a chili cookoff yet.
Comment by Gold Bar-B-Q Bob Beeman on January 16, 2009 at 12:28am
What a nice venue for an event. Astoria on the water front. Pier 39 & Rogue.
Comment by craig hogan on February 22, 2009 at 11:20am
I will be there not to cook just to get a feel for things and see how everything is set up before I go to my first event.
Comment by Tom Bosworth on March 16, 2009 at 6:36pm
i dont want to do the chili comp just the bbq how do i sign up this will be my first event thanks for any help
Comment by Tom Rowe on March 17, 2009 at 3:25pm
Glad to here you are coming. We will be working on the registration form with the PNWBA. Just keep an eye on there website. I am sure that Bob will also post it on this site. This will be a fun event. Hope you stay over and enjoy an evening in our wonderful town. I am sure the Rogue will be a happening place after the competition. Tom
Comment by Tom Rowe on March 17, 2009 at 3:28pm
Bob, We missed you in Tacoma. Ken put on a really good show! Great job to all the cooks and officials. Congrads to Anthony and the Mad Hatter! Hope to see all you in Astoria. Tom , O.T.C.P.
Comment by Tom Bosworth on March 18, 2009 at 6:43pm
yes i cant wait warrenton was my hometown so i have lots of friends there it should be fun just a little nervous about setting up everything right for my first cook
Comment by Tom Rowe on March 22, 2009 at 10:15am
We will have plenty of people here to assist you.You will have a lot of fun. Look forward to having you back home. Tom
Comment by Gold Bar-B-Q Bob Beeman on April 26, 2009 at 11:39am
Hi there Friendly BBQ and Chili Folk,
It is just one week (Sat 2 May) until the event of the Astoria bbq and chili contest down in Oregon. I think today is the last day for the cheap entry fee for the bbq people and chili people should email or phone Tom Rowe they are going down there at (775) 232-7172 or email

I checked out the mileage from my house in Tacoma to Astoria and it is about the same distance as going up to Vancouver, B.C., Canada - around 160 miles. So a one day trip is possible but if not then Tom suggested a nice 4 star motel (Crest Motel - 1-800-421-3141 or email for around $70 a night which is on the way to Pier 39, 100 39th St on Hwy 30 (or Liefe Erickson Dr as it says on the map.)

If you live in Oregon you probably already know the way but if you live in Washington we are going down I-5 to Kelso (look for Hwy 30 cutoff to Rainier/Astoria, OR) turning east on Hwy 30 and it is about 50 miles from there to the event site in Astoria. At least that is the way I see it on the map.

Pier 39 is on 39th St pass Pipeline Rd on left and 39th St is on right side before you get to 38th St.

Ruth and I hope to see some of you down there and it will be a good way to start off the chili cooking season. Good luck and have a great year.

Old Sarge


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