Thousands of people are expected to flock to Spring Valley Sunday for a block party and competition to name the winner of an annual barbecue contest, said Tina Carlson with the Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce.
"Over 5,000 people came last year and we already know just from the calls and the attention it's getting that it's going to be more," Carlson said of the 4th Annual Spring Valley Tailgate and Barbecue Festival.
The event will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday on Troy Street between Bancroft Drive and Central Avenue.
The contest is organized by the Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Cali Comfort BBQ Restaurant & Sports Bar.
Approximately 20 teams of four will sell samples of carne asada, pork ribs, Tri-Tip and chicken for $2 each. Winners will be selected by 24 judges. Attendees will also be asked to pick a winner of the Peoples' Choice award.
There will also be a Best Tailgate Decoration contest, live local music, a beer garden, vendors and more.
Money raised will go to local youth sports including Mt Miguel High School girls basketball, Spring Valley Community Center, Spring Valley Los Toros Youth Football and Cheer and Valencia Park Youth Football and Cheer.
Valley Farms will provide meat for the majority of competitors, Carlson said.