Friday, July 27, 2018 - Saturday, July 28, 2018


Downtown Effingham, 100 E Jefferson, Effingham, Illinois


5:00 pm - 4:00 pm


The EffingHAM JAM was created as a community event to showcase the assets of our community to a national audience through the Kansas City BBQ Society as well as give local residents an opportunity to enjoy the excitement of the competition and gather around in the heart of our community around the old Courthouse in downtown Effingham.

The Kansas City Barbecue Society is the world’s largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts with over 15,000 members worldwide and sanctions over 400 barbeque contests coast-to-coast throughout America.

The KCBS BBQ championship was brought to Effingham by Legacy Harley Davidson who hosted the event at their business for three years, bringing 20-25 teams and as many as 50 certified barbeque judges to Effingham. In 2014, the Chamber joined with Legacy to make this truly a community event, with proceeds from the event supporting the Chamber Community Scholarship Fund for area graduating high school seniors and adults for continuing education.

Management of the event has been assumed by the Chamber Foundation of Effingham County and renamed the EffingHAM JAM in 2015, The venue was also moved to downtown Effingham, increasing exposure for the community. A Hometown Throwdown local BBQ competition was added and additional activities for children and adults, wine and beer tasting and live music was added.

The Ham Jam showcases the community to over 2,500 visitors and residents, making Effingham a destination. Each year, the event attracts more visitors with new activities and the planning committee continues to fine tune the activities to appeal to a broad audience.

Cost of Admission: $Free to public; only vendors & BBQ teams competing have a fee

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