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May 26, 2011 |

Thirty men enter, one man leaves


3XWrestling will hold the biggest battle royal in city history on Friday, May 27 at All Play, 615 Third St. "Over the Top 2" will feature 30 wrestlers brawling it out for a chance to earn a future shot at the 3XW Heavyweight championship. Along with the 30-man battle royal, the card also includes two championship matches, first round tournament bouts to crown a new 3XW Tag Team champion and numerous other matches. Doors open at 7 p.m. (6:45 p.m. for advance ticket holders), with the opening bout starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance ($6 for kids 10 and under) or $15 at the door and are available at All Play, Cup O' Kryptonite and Jay's CD and Hobby. For more information, visit http://www.3XWrestling.com.


Eat some BBQ


Get ready for your taste buds to explode with flavor at the 3rd annual Smokin' in the Junction BBQ contest, May 28-29 in Historic Valley Junction. Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), "Smokin' in the Junction" is one of the largest BBQ competitions in Iowa, and the winners receive more than $13,000 in cash and prizes. Along with the competition, the event features plenty of food, live music, kids activities, inflatables, the Game Truck and a beer garden. The free event takes place from 3 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 28 and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 29. For more information, visit http://www.valleyjunction.com.


Rock out, family style


"Every Family Rocks! The Des Moines Family Music Festival" will take place on Sunday, May 29 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, 3000 E. Grand Ave. The Festival, benefiting Employee & Family Resources (EFR), is a family-oriented event featuring a wide variety of entertainment for kids of all ages. Grammy Award winners They Might Be Giants will headline the event along with performances from The Battersby Duo and Justin Roberts. The event will also feature children's activities, food vendors, games, merchandise vendors and much more. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door (kids 2 and under are free). To purchase tickets or for more information, visit http://www.everyfamilyrocks.org. CV


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