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Fees set for local BBQ contest FROM THE ARCHIVES Aug. 18, 2010

Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 12:37 pm

Downtown Centralia is one step closer to a day of charcoal and sauce.

The chamber of commerce’s barbecue committee has nailed down the fee structure and a few other details for its barbecue contest, the Centralia Inaugural Anchor City Cook-off and All-American BBQ and Pie Contest.

The cook off will be held Saturday, Oct. 16, around the city square park in downtown Centralia.

Currently the entry fee starts at $30 for one category of barbecue, said Ginny Zoellers, chamber director, and Matt Stephens, committee member.

To enter one additional category, contestants must pay an additional $15; to enter a third category, an additional $10; to enter a fourth, an additional $5.

This year the categories are chicken, ribs, sausage and chef’s choice.

Zoellers said the contest will charge an additional $10 fee to any team or vendor that needs to hook up for electricity.

Zoellers said barbecue contest entrants could enter the pie contest for an additional $20.

“It’s an additional $20 for the first two pies,” she said. Zoellers said the contest requires a pair of pies for a pair of reasons. “One pie will be judged, the other sold at a silent auction and the proceeds split with the contestant.” She said it would cost contestants an additional $10 for each additional pair of pies.

Those who only want to enter the pie contest also pay $20.

Zoellers also said there has been discussion about limiting the number of food vendors at the event to 10.

She also said the chamber will sell soft drinks, not the vendors.

Discussion is underway with the local Knights of Columbus organization about selling pumpkins during the event.

A local business is making plans to hold a washer tournament the day of the barbecue contest, said Stephens. “We’re in contact with the Boone County Washers Association,”

Stephens said. “They could have as many as 70 contestants in the washer tournament.”

Prize money for the winners of the barbecue contest and ribbons for the pie contest are still being discussed, said Zoellers.

“Things are coming together,” said Stephens of the contest plans. “The committee is coming together and very focused.”

Stephens said the committee is still looking for people interested in working as barbecue judges and that he expects they will need at least 20 people for that.

He said discussions were also ongoing with private bands as well as the school district’s music department to play during the contest.

The goal said Stephens is to attract between 1,000 and 1,500 people to downtown Centralia and to have at least 20 teams cooking in the barbecue contest.

“It’s going to smell real good down here,” he said.

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