ARDMORE, Okla. (KTEN) — For the ninth year, the Valero refinery in Ardmore is hosting its annual BBQ Showdown at Regional Park.

Keeping with tradition, they kicked off the two-day event Friday with Cajun Night.

Yes, I tried the smoked alligator and liked it! Tasted kind of like chicken.

More than 45 sponsors from across the country converge on Ardmore every year to help raise money for the United Way of Southern Oklahoma.

Grab the family and head out Saturday for the actual BBQ Showdown, and there are fun events for the kids.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 dollars for children under 9. You won’t go away hungry!