On May 9 and 10, downtown Owensboro hosted the 36th annual International Bar-B-Q Festival. The Festival featured carnival rides, vendors, entertainment, and seven cooking teams competing for the Governor’s Cup. Despite the rainy weekend, attendance for the weekend totaled between 12,000 and 15,000 people. Precious Blood Parish was crowned as the grand champion of the cooking competition. The victory marked their second win since 2011.