Smoke on the Falls this year does not charge admission.
Noccalula Falls Park supervisor Janet Tarrance tells the Gadsden Times that some barbecue teams may start setting up on Thursday.
Friday’s meeting and greet begins at 5 o’clock, allowing people to learn some cooking tips from participants and see their equipment.
The gates Saturday morning open at 11.
The festival has drawn a total of 83 teams, some of them professional and others in a more informal backyard division.