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BBQ cookoff gets smokin' this weekend
Judges in the Best of the Butts charity competition are given a full plate of food for $10.

The annual Smokin’ in McMinnville cookout, with its charity Best of the Butts BBQ competition and 37 professional grilling teams, is about to make McMinnville Civic Center smell like a grillers paradise.
The two-day event is set for today and tomorrow, Aug. 7-8.
Cooking for their favorite charity will be six local teams, while professional teams, 37 in all, are coming from across Tennessee, as well as Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Florida and Ohio. The two competitions are offering a chance to win $11,000 in prize money.
On Friday, support your local teams with the Best of the Butts charity competition. Judging by the public is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. While visiting anytime during the two-day event is free, tasting to be a judge is $10 per person. This year’s contest has attracted six teams. Judges will be given a sampling of each teams’ BBQ and traditional sides.
The teams:
• Security Federal for Troy McCormick Kids in the Outdoors Day
• Big Love BBQ for Children’s Advocacy Center
• St. Thomas River Park Hospital for Families in Crisis
• Galligan & Newman Attorneys for Books from Birth
• Prater’s BBQ for Kids of the Community
• Collins River BBQ for Phi Theta Kappa.
During the Best of the Butts competition, Noon Exchange Club of McMinnville will be selling Dr Pepper products. Funds raised will go towards the organization’s service projects it offers in the community throughout the year.
Winners of Best of the Butts will be announced at 7:30 p.m. Cash prizes will be given to the charity the team selected.
Professional teams will be competing Saturday. The event is a Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned event. The organization is nonprofit and dedicated to promoting and enjoying BBQ. The KCBS is the world’s largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts with over 14,000 members worldwide. It sanctions over 300 contests coast-to-coast.
Judging for the professional teams will be done by KCBS judges and begins at noon. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m.
Vendors will be selling items during the event. On Saturday, there will be Collins River BBQ, The Sweet Shop and Grill offering hamburgers and hotdogs, and J Jolley Trolly Sno Cone Factory, and Swinehearts selling barbeque sauce. One vendor will be selling beer. Picture ID is required from everyone purchasing alcohol.
Sponsors for the event are Dr Pepper, Foodland Plus, St. Thomas River Park Hospital, McMinnville Electric System, Security Federal, and Hoover and Son Insurance. General Equipment is providing an equipment display and Jarden Consumer Solutions is providing door prizes.
Gilley Pool will be open until 9 p.m. Friday, and until 6 p.m. Saturday. Regular admission is $4 per person per day.
The event is sponsored by the Warren County Chamber of Commerce and the city of McMinnville. For more information, call 473-6611.