BBQ Cookoff Festival coming this weekend
The 9th Annual Youth Mentors of the Pee Dee (formerly Big Brothers Big Sisters) Barbecue Cookoff Festival will take place April 12 and 13 in the parking lot behind Palmetto Peddlers on the corner of Hoffmeyer Road and Darlington Street.
Executive Director Joey Edwards expects 20 or more barbecue cookers from around the Southeast to compete for bragging rights, trophies and cash prizes up to $1000.
The two-day event kicks off with an “Anything Butt” contest on Friday evening, April 12, from 6 until 8 p.m. There will be two divisions this year, Sweet and Savory. The cookers may prepare anything they wish, except barbecue, Edwards explained.
Tickets are $10 per person and allow sampling of all dishes prepared. There is no charge for children under the age of 12 accompanied by a paying adult. The cookers favorite dishes could be anything from chicken bog to banana pudding. Local judges will select the winners from each division.
Some of the South’s best barbecue cookers will begin cooking late Friday evening and cook all night to have their barbecue ready for judging on Saturday morning, April 13th. Certified judges from the South Carolina Barbecue Association will be on hand to choose the best barbecue and who takes home the trophies and cash prizes.
The public is invited to come sample fresh off the grill barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until it runs out. Tickets are $10 per person to sample the barbecue and children under the age of 12 are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are available at the gate or from Youth Mentors of the Pee Dee board members.
Palmetto Peddlers is the presenting sponsor of the benefit. To date, other sponsors are: Lyles Data Systems, W Lee Flowers, Palmetto Glass, FBI Construction, First Bank, Parrott’s Furniture, Chase Oil Co., Whisenhunt Law Firm, Dilmar Oil Co., Stifel Nicholaus, Signature Wealth Strategies, Arbor One, Sonoco, Dedicated Community Bank, Florence Concrete, Cain Calcutt Funeral Home, Hope Health, Edward Jones, Harris Pest Control, Mount Hope Cemetery, Wilcox, Buyck, and Williams PA, and Parham Law Firm.
Proceeds from this event will help support Youth Mentors of the Pee Dee which fills a void for children from single parent and broken homes.
“There is always a shortage of male volunteer mentors, so male volunteers are badly needed. To volunteer, applicants (male or female) must fill out an application and go through an extensive screening process before being assigned a child to work with. Volunteers typically spend two or three hours a week with the child they are matched with. To find out more or to volunteer call the Youth Mentors office at 843-662-7081.