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      Hedrick hosts 55th Barbecue Days this weekend

      Barbecue Days kicked off Friday with a chalk art contest outside the community center.

      It's a busy weekend in southeast Iowa as Hedrick's Barbecue Days kicks off Friday night.

      This year is the 55th year for the event, which this year is called "Salute to Agriculture". The weekend's first event was a sidewalk chalk art contest for kids Friday afternoon outside the community center.

      Barbecue Days has changed over the years, but it's a tradition that continues thanks to community support.

      "It's something fun for the community that the kids, everybody, all ages, enjoy," said Julie Bayliss, Committee Chair for Barbecue Days. "And we try to have something for all ages, like the stick horse races, but then we also have the family dance and the movie that's family-friendly, so we try to make it there for everybody. But it's become a tradition that everybody looks forward to each year and like I said, we've added some things and taken some things away over the years, so this is what we came up with for this year."

      Other activities Friday night include the pie baking contest judging at 7 p.m., fireworks at dark and the movie in the park at 9:30 p.m.

      For a full list of Barbecue Days events, click here.