It all started back in the 1990s when we kicked off the first Backyard BBQ. From then on during the summertime - through floods,heatwaves and bad roads - we would get in the Y101 van and head out with food, fun and prizes and have a great time with our listeners!

The Y101 Backyard BBQs have always been fun for the people who have participated in them. We have been everywhere in the Tri-State area, from way out in the sticks near Payson to a big biker rally somewhere in the woods around Keokuk, to over across the Mississippi in La Grange. We have almost been everywhere in the Tri-States. That is the fun of it. We get to meet with you, the people who listen to Y101 everyday, and we love doing that.

The first Y101 Backyard BBQ of the season will be at the YMEN's Pavilion in downtown Hannibal from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 29. Once again, we will bring the food, the fun, and the prizes! We hope you can join us.

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