CHAMPAIGN — A little to the east of the big food festival, there's free barbecue, music and card games Saturday.
The Rose and Taylor Barber and Beauty Shop Father's Day/Community Appreciation Celebration offers free barbecue, music, raffles spades, bid whist and dominoes at 124 N. First St., C.
Organizer William Jones, who owns Rose and Taylor, said it is the second annual event, but last year's was "not to the magnitude of what we're doing this year."
The event runs from noon until the last person leaves, Jones said.
Music will be provided by DJ Stevenson.
Meanwhile, the Taste of Champaign-Urbana continues a few blocks away in West Side Park.
Jones said eight different vendors will compete in the barbecue championships.
"These are people who've been making barbecue a long time, and have won many competitions," he said. "We have judges from the University of Illinois and restaurants to judge the cookers, many of whom are household names."
The names of the vendors will be announced Saturday. Jones said they will be there early making sauces and setting up their cookers.
"Everything will be done on site, so the judges can inspect everything that's being done," he said.
Games for children include Xbox and PlayStation, "and then we have games for gentlemen such as card games and dominoes," Jones said. "We will be also be giving out prizes."
To achieve a block-party effect, Jones said, "we have blocked off the entire block of Park (Street) at First to celebrate Father's Day," Jones said.
He said the celebration is not in competition with the Taste.
"What they're doing is concerning different restaurants. We're celebrating fathers here," he said.
The barber shop is one of the oldest in the area, celebrating 50 years, Jones said.