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Barbecue to benefit Boys and Girls Club

Published 1:48pm Thursday, June 20, 2013

The name’s the same, but the benefiting organization has changed.
Next month, the Cookin’ on the Coosa barbecue competition will return for the third consecutive year and the Wetumpka Boys and Girls Club will receive the proceeds from the event.
The cook-off will be held July 20 during the River and Blues Music and Arts Festival. Competitors will set up in the park area behind the Wetumpka administrative building.
“We’re excited about this opportunity,” said Rick Jackson, executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the River Region. “But we need help to make it successful.”
Jackson said there are several ways in which people can support the fundraising effort.
Three levels of sponsorship are available – Hog Wild ($500), Piggin’ Out ($300) and Kickin’ Chicken ($150). All sponsor logos will be displayed on the web page; and Hog Wild and Piggin’ Out sponsors will be included on a banner at the event. Sponsors will also receive complimentary wristbands for the sampling portion of the cook-off (Hog Wild – 10, Piggin’ Out – 6 and Kickin’ Chicken – 2). Sponsorships are tax-deductible.
In addition, both professional and amateur barbecue teams are encouraged to compete.
Professional entry fee is $250 and includes all categories (chicken, pork and ribs). Amateur entry fee is $50 per category or $150 for all three.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners. The cook-off is an Alabama Barbecue Association Backyard Division event.
The competitors and sponsors won’t be the only ones involved in the barbecue bonanza.
Others can help the cause by purchasing wristbands for $10 each to sample the wares prepared by contestants. The bands will be sold on site the day of the competition.
Deadline to secure a sponsor spot or to register for either of the competitions is July 12.
Last year more than two dozen teams competed in the contest and thousands of people attended River and Blues with hundreds visiting the barbecue area.
“This is an opportunity to reach out in a meaningful way to thousands of people from your community,” said Jackson.
Both sponsor and entry forms are available online at www.riverandblues.net under the barbecue button.
For more information, call Jackson or Salina O’Brian at 334-832-4288 or email salina.obrian@yahoo.com.

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