At the Anne Arundel County fairgrounds, competing teams of pit masters keep their grills fueled through the night, tingeing the cool air with the smoky, sweet aroma of slow-cooked beef. The marathon cooking session is all for the sake of the Kansas City Barbeque Society judges, whose favor each chef will curry come lunchtime. The annual barbequing competition is just one facet of the festival’s mission to showcase the best barbecue chefs in the region. In addition to the competition, local food vendors sate visitors with hot ribs and empower budding chefs with gourmet sauces and cookware. All the while, 25 live bands keep heads bobbing while reminding diners to chew 30 times before swallowing.
Fantasy Fun Flight oversees aquatic acrobatics performed by customers strapped into a JetLev R200 marine jetpack. Operators safely soar, hover, and dive while water pumps out of the jetpack's two rocket-engine-like shoulder nozzles, producing thrust for emphatic shrugs or soaring up to three stories over the water at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour. Operating out of Sandy Point Beach, the outfit travels to predetermined locales within the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area.