Friday, July 8, 2016

BBQ competition still taking entries

It may seem a bit of a departure from the usual events sponsored by the Fohs Hall Community Arts Foundation, but there would be plenty of people in western Kentucky to argue that the best barbecue cookers truly are artists. CAF certainly agrees.

The first-ever Boot Scootin’ BBQ Competition and Festival is next week, and several competitors are poised for a cook-off in pulled pork, ribs and sauce categories.

The event is intended to be a unique foray into the arts.

“CAF has chosen to host this festival to showcase culinary arts,” said foundation member Kim Vince. “Our mission is to help the community recognize that the arts are much more than crafts, a ballet or a symphony. The Community Arts Foundation intends that its projects include many types of art-related activities for all kinds of people.”

The Saturday, July 16 festival is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to at least 4 p.m. around the court square in downtown Marion. The competition will be judged at 10:30 a.m. and a half-hour later, the winners will be announced. Barbecue, chips, drinks and other food items will go on sale at 11:30 a.m. for festival-goers to take home or enjoy at a picnic area set up onsite.

Vince said there will be live music throughout the day featuring Hillbilly Funk, a rock band from Nashville, Tenn.; and also Just A Mere Band featuring local youths Cutter and Cash Singleton.

“We are hoping to have a hog calling contest in the early afternoon if there is enough interest,” Vince said last month in a front-page story in The Crittenden Press.

People responded, so CAF has scheduled the hog callin’ competition for 12:45 p.m.

There will be vendors of crafts, politicians, organizations and direct sales items such as Tupperware, Jamberry and Damsel in Defense.

If you still want to enter the BBQ competition or be a vendor, call Vince (270) 965-0243.