Use your taste buds for a good cause this Saturday, Aug. 12, with the Best of the Butts Charity Lunch at McMinnville Civic Center at 11 a.m.
Hungry visitors to Smokin’ in McMinnville’s charity lunch will enjoy competition pork and ribs served with sides of baked beans, cole slaw and potato salad. Admission is $10.
“This is a charity competition and all the money goes toward charities,” said Civic Center employee Kendra Foust. “When you pay $10, that money goes into the cash prizes for Judge’s Choice.”
First place is $600, second place is $400, and third place is $200. The winning teams are cooking for charity so those dollars go to the organization they select.
The competition also has a People’s Choice. For that category, visitors will be given one voting ticket with their $10 admission they can use to vote for the team they feel offered the best food. Extra voting tickets can be purchased for $1 each.
Charities are reimbursed the full value of the tickets they receive.
“Whomever they vote for gets that $1,” said Foust. “If you purchase five voting tickets for $5 and cast your votes for a specific charity, then all that money goes to that charity.”
Along with receiving all the money from the voting tickets, the team with the most votes wins a People’s Choice first-place trophy.
There is also a prize for Best Display Table, which receives $100.
“The Best of the Butts Charity Lunch is about a two-hour event,” said Foust. “We’ll go until the food is gone.”
McMinnville’s Noon Exchange Club will be selling drinks for $1.
Along with the Best of the Butts Charity Lunch, there will be a kickball tournament on Saturday at 8 a.m. on Hoover-Millraney Field. Registration is $50 a team.
Smokin’ in McMinnville is a two-day event.
• Kroger wing sampling. Individuals can pay $8 and sample competition wings from Kansas City Barbecue Society teams. Wings only, no sides.
• Corn hole tournament at 6 p.m. Registration is $10 a team.
• Kan jam tournament at 6 p.m. Registration is $10 a team.
• “Smokey and the Bandit” will be shown on Cat Walker Field at 7:30 p.m. The movie is free.
Smokin’ in McMinnville is held jointly by the city of McMinnville and Warren County Chamber of Commerce. It is a KCBS-sanctioned event, which draws professional barbecue teams from all over the United States.