Third Annual Nisqually Valley Barbecue Rally Deemed a ‘Huge Success’

By Jacob Dimond / jake@yelmonline.com
Posted 7/26/22

The third annual Nisqually Valley Barbecue Rally, which is often described as the “biggest event of the summer,” lived up to its expectations on Saturday, July 23.

The event was held …

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Third Annual Nisqually Valley Barbecue Rally Deemed a ‘Huge Success’

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The third annual Nisqually Valley Barbecue Rally, which is often described as the “biggest event of the summer,” lived up to its expectations on Saturday, July 23.

The event was held at Yelm City Park and brought in thousands of meat lovers.

“We were so excited that we had so many people come out to the barbecue rally. It was a huge success overall,” said Line Roy, the executive director of the Yelm Chamber of Commerce. “Our bands were incredible. It was such an entertaining day for everybody there and the vendors were successful as well. We’re so thankful for the support from the community too.”

The rally was kicked off by a rendition of the National Anthem, which was performed by Crystal Webb. Soon afterwards, the festivities were underway as Clownfish, the first band of the day, took to the stage to perform. 

Other bands performed throughout the barbecue rally too. They included Kaitie Wade, Archon, The Premonition and Dakota Poorman, who concluded the festivities of the day.

“We were fortunate to be able to get these awesome bands out to our event this year,” Roy said. “They all did an amazing job.”

The Amateur Andies competition featured another good turnout. The competition pitted amateur barbecue enthusiasts against one another. Each team presented a unique, delicious offering of meat. The team Hogs, Hens and Heifers took home the grand champion award following the Amateur Andies competition. The prize of reserve champion went to Bro Jack BBQ.

Taking first place overall for chicken was Bro Jack BBQ while Hogs, Hens and Heifers took second. First place overall for ribs was secured by the team Succulent and Devine, while Bro Jack BBQ took second place. Team Hogs, Hens and Heifers won the pork shoulder category, while team Bucket List BBQ took second. In the beef brisket category, team Hogs, Hens and Heifers took first overall, while Bucket List BBQ took second place. P&P Barbecuing also had a strong showing during the competition, taking third place in all of the categories.

“The teams we had were just so great to work with and so much fun. I hope they come back next year and do it again,” Roy said.

The winner of the 2022 People’s Choice award went to Steele Barrel BBQ. The honor was accepted by Steele and Ksea Clayton. The People’s Choice award was voted on by attendees of the Nisqually Valley Barbecue Rally in order to honor the best professional barbecuer of the event.

Steele Clayton said his business served “just shy” of 2,000 customers during the event. His group sold out 150 pounds of brisket and 550 pounds of pulled pork.



Members of the Yelm community and people who visited from outside of the area were able to partake in different activities throughout the day, including family-friendly games. The Yelm Jazz Line also led a performance on the America’s Credit Union Stage in the afternoon.

Overall, Roy was happy with how everything turned out.

“We always wonder if we’re going to have the crowd that we want to have, and yesterday, Yelm came out in full force and it was amazing,” Roy said a day after the event.

Meghan Pigmon, a student at Boise State University, attended the rally as she came back to Yelm for the summer.  Pigmon, who graduated from Yelm High School in 2019, was excited to spend the day at Yelm City Park.

“The environment here during the barbecue rally was awesome,” Pigmon said. “The food was great, the drinks were awesome, and the live music added to the experience.”

Organizers of the Nisqually Valley Barbecue Rally thanked the plethora of sponsors and vendors who helped create a successful event for the third year in a row.

They included sponsors Northwest Chevrolet and America’s Credit Union, who each sponsored a stage; Uptown Lounge and 507 Taproom, who sponsored the beer garden; and Liberty Gear Clothing Company, who sponsored the bands.

There were close to 20 other sponsors as well.

After the event concluded, the cleanup work began at Yelm City Park and wrapped up around 8 p.m. Roy thanked Cory Kolilis at Highway 95 Events and his crew for their help. She credited them with being extremely easy to work with.

The fourth annual Nisqually Valley Barbecue Rally is set for July 22, 2023, at Yelm City Park. Roy said attendees can expect an even “bigger and better” event next year.

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