Never has charity tasted so good.
Smokin’ in McMinnville has closed the grill on another mouth-watering year at the Civic Center. While chicken wings and BBQ were going down the hatch, $4,500 in cash prizes were going out to local charities.
The BBQ tasting contest Saturday at lunch proved to be one of the most popular events of the weekend. There were 15 charities competing, all with their special brand of BBQ for visitors to sample.
The team collecting the most votes was declared the winner. That honor went to Security Federal, cooking for Hamilton Street Activity Center as its charity, and earning $2,100.
Helping Animals of Warren County won the Judge’s Choice to net $600. Hope Center finished second to land $400, while Main Street McMinnville was third to get $200.
New to the table this year was wing night on Friday. Visitors were given a healthy portion of chicken wings to devour before a showing of “Star Wars” inside the Civic Center.
“Everything we tweaked seemed to turn out for the best,” said Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord. “We had nothing but positive comments and some great crowds both days. Most of all, we raised a lot of money for charity.”
A kickball tournament was added this year with six teams competing. There was a 12-team cornhole tournament and a 16-team kan jam tournament.
Smokin’ in McMinnville also featured a cook-off between professional grill masters. Getting a $2,000 prize as the overall champion was Swiggin’ Pig from Lebanon.