February 23 to March 4, 2023 Let the Good Times Grow!
February 23 to March 4, 2023 Let the Good Times Grow!

Dave Baillie BBQ Contest

Show / Contest Coordinator

Laura Kilbury


More about the Dave Baillie BBQ Contest

Great BBQ and Mr. Baillie go hand-in-hand here in Marion County, which is why it just made sense to name the Southeastern Youth Fair BBQ Contest after Mr. Baillie when it began 17 years ago. Mr. Baillie was a retired County Agent and was well known for his support of the youth of Marion County. There are four different classes in the contest: Beef, Pork, Poultry, and Other. Each contestant has a 2.5-hour time limit to prepare the finished entrée. They are judged on appearance and cleanliness of the cook, timing, skill in starting and controlling the fire, skill in barbecuing, sanitation and cleanliness, quality of the finished dish, cleanup of the area, and their recipe. You won’t want to miss the creativity and skill displayed by these young people!

Frequently Asked Questions

What can my contestant cook?
There are four classes to choose to participate in:
Beef, Pork, Poultry, or “Other”… so the sky is the limit!

How much does it cost? $2 entry fee

Is my child eligible to participate? Any student 8 years of age and up, who is a member of a 4H club or FFA chapter, who lives in Marion County or attends a Marion County school may participate.

See our “Rules” for any other questions!

2024 Winners


Clayton Lewis, Ft. McCoy 4-Leaf 4H


Abbigail Schultz, Dunnellon Middle FFA


Josie Law, Ft. McCoy 4-Leaf 4H


Geremy Crouch, Dunnellon 4H

Thank You Dave Baillie BBQ Sponsor

West Oak Developers LLC
HTM Developers LLC – Harvey Vandeven
Miller Pipeline
Ocala Lions Club – Charities Foundation, Inc
Southern Atlantic Realty – Joe Brown
Boyd Real Estate (Joe Krim, Broker & Erin Freel, CCIM)
Angie Lewis – State Farm
Richard McGinley – Acme Fill
Van H Akin

Sponsorship Opportunities

You Can Help

SEYF is a non-profit, and is reliant on help from the community in the form of donations of money, services and time.  Click below to get involved and help us help the youth of Marion County.