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Spring doesn’t arrive for another two weeks, but things are already warming up for Long Island’s barbecue community. WilliePallooza, the season’s first big BBQ event, takes place at the Brentwood VFW on April 6 and 7.

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WilliePallooza is named for Long Island’s most decorated barbecue champion Will Breakstone.  The proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition. Barbecuing teams are invited to sign up to compete. The fee is $258 per team to compete for BBQ, plus $28 for the chili contest.

Judges and volunteers are also needed; you'll need to sign up in advance. Find all the details and applications at williepallooza.com. This is a New York State BBQ championship and will be governed by BBQ Brethren Rules.