BBQ Fest activities resume after severe weather causes temporary closure Friday afternoon

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Storms and showers impacted the World Champion Barbecue Cooking Contest at Liberty Park for a short time Friday afternoon.

Event organizers said inclement weather made event officials temporarily evacuate the festival grounds and temporarily suspend admissions.

The evacuations happened just after 2 p.m. as a Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Shelby County.

The festival has an onsite meteorologist to monitor weather developments, officials said.

An all-clear was issued at 3:45 p.m. and normal operations resumed.

Patrons and guests were allowed to reenter the event.

Festival organizers thanked everyone “for their orderly cooperation this afternoon.”