Boss Hog partners with Mr. Golf Carts
Waynesboro's May 9-10 cook-off will not only be an official Kansas City Barbeque Society event - cooking teams can stretch out on some major acreage at the Mr. Golf Carts Warehouse and Distribution Center (old Perfection Schwank complex) off Highway 56 North.
Organizers had been searching for the right spot since last spring, and Nan Palmer Lynch, co-chair of the Downtown Organization of Retailers (DOOR), says the Mr. Golf Carts site will provide the spread needed for up to 40 teams, plus outdoor concerts, contests and an arts and crafts fair.
"We really lucked out," Lynch said. "It's the perfect location."
While the Boss Hog Cook-off had been scheduled for April, the date changed when its original sanctioning organization, Memphis in May, got out of the sanctioning business and pulled the plug on all 2008 events. Although Memphis in May offered to help put on a non-sanctioned event, local organizers decided to go with KCBS.
"KCBS sponsors and sanctions hundreds of barbeque cook-offs throughout the U.S. and Canada ... it's one of the largest and one of the best organizations for promoting the sport of championship competitive barbeque," said Tim Lively, a certified judge and coordinator for Boss Hog. "They provide skilled organizers and welltrained, qualified judges for each contest."
Already, the KCBS affiliation is paying off. Since the event was posted on the society's "Bull Sheet" a few weeks ago, inquiries have been pouring in from out-of-town teams and judges.
Jane Tomlin, who helps put on the KCBS sanctioned Dillard Bluegrass and Barbeque Festival every August, says the sanctioning has turned their cookoff into a major tourist draw.
"On good years, we've had as many as four thousand people," she said.
The cook-off here is open to both professionals and amateurs, and Lynch says she hopes local teams will get in there and grill with the big boys. She also hopes that locals will come out and help make the visitors feel welcome.
"My hope is that the teams will want to come back here in 2009 not just to cook, but because they love our town," she said. "Our community is known for its hospitality, and we want it to shine at the cook-off."
While all of the professional teams traveling to Waynesboro will compete in KCBS's four standard categories, amateurs can choose as few as they please.
The cook-off's purse is worth $10,000 with 42 cash prizes divided among the teams.
Between now and May, DOOR members will be seeking sponsors for numerous contests and the cook-off's purse. The organization has recently received non-profit status, and all donations are tax deductible.
BACON BITS• The cook-off's purse is $10,000 - that includes $2,000 for the Grand Champion and $1,000 for the Reserve Champion. • Winners will receive KCBS points that will help them quality for the big Jack Daniels World Championship in October. • Teams will compete in up to four separate categories: chicken, ribs, pork and beef brisket. Prizes will be awarded for 10th place with the winners taking home $500 each. • KCBS judges will be on site to monitor teams, enforce rules and choose the winners. • At least 300 out-of-town judges and cooking team members will stay in Waynesboro that weekend. • Sponsors will help judge the Wing-a-Ding-Fling on opening night, and cooking teams will let the public sample their chicken wings. • The two-day event will also feature a Hushpuppies concert, Dodge Ball Tournament, Mechanical Bull Riding Championship and Mutton Bustin' Competition (sheep bucking contest for kids). • More information is available at www.bosshogcookoff.com.