Blazin' BBQ Festival draws large crowd
Good weather, barbecue, entertainment, vendors, activities and a huge crowd all came together on Saturday, April 21, to make a successful first Blazin' BBQ! Festival. It was held downtown Manila with vendors and cooking teams lining the streets.
The event was sponsored by the Manila Fire Department and Moving Manila Forward group. Kicking off the festival were a fun outside movie night on Friday and a 5K and 10K walk/run Saturday morning.
Other activities included bouncy houses for the children, horseshoe tournament and hot sauce eating contest.
We appreciate everyone who helped make this such a great event, Andrew Fleeman, chair, said. We hope to make it an annual event.
Amateur category teams included: Calvary Baptist Church, Danny Hoskins, River 1218 Q-Team and Southworth Barbecue.
The Professional category included Hog Heaven BBQ; Big Lake Country Club; Smokes Up BBQ; Justin Richmond BBQ; Blind Smoke BBQ; Porkchop Mafia; Deep Fried Divas and Big Racks BBQ.
Winners included: People's Choice, One Bit Challenge; second place in the Amateur Division Southworth of Manila; Best Chicken, Best Ribs, first place in the Professional Division Pork Chop Mafia; Best Pork Blind Smoke BBQ; third place in Amateur Division, Danny Hoskins; first place in Amateur Division, Calvary Baptist Church; third place in Professional Division, Big Racks BBQ; second place in Professional Division, Hog Heaven BBQ.
Bands entertaining throughout the day included The Lowballers; The Lucky Brothers; Mr. Happy and The Arkansas Brothers. Also performing were the Crowley's Ridge Cloggers.
Over 25 vendors were also set up for the day.
In the horseshoe tournament there were 11 singles competing and 14 doubles. Sammy Easley won the single title and he and his son, Bryan Easley, won the doubles title.
The Blazin BBQ Run overall winners were: 5K male division Landon King, 23:25; female division Sadie McDonald, 23:57. In the 10K run male division, Connor Jackson, 34.44; female, Erica Kisner, 57:50.
The run was a fundraiser for the Michael J. Fox for Parkinson's Research.