Governor declares Boss Hog state championship
Burke County's May 9-10 cook-off has become an official state championship, thanks to a proclamation just penned by Gov. Sonny Perdue.
The new status is expected to draw more professional grilling teams, more judges and more spectators.
"One of the primary benefits is that the Boss Hog is now considered a qualifier … this means that your Grand Champion will be eligible to be drawn as a competitor at the Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational event in October," said Harvey Hamrick, a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) representative who'll be overseeing the cook-off. "And 'the Jack' is the most prestigious annual barbecue event in the world … period!"
According to Nan Palmer Lynch, co-chair of the Downtown Organization of Retailers, both local and professional teams are already busy requesting applications.
"The first team to sign up was actually from Clemmons, North Carolina," she said, noting that Waynesboro Mayor George DeLoach was instrumental in procuring the championship status.
While six other Georgia KCBS cook-offs share the same status, Boss Hog appears to be the first in the southeast portion of the state - and the only one held during the month of May.
DOOR volunteers are still looking for sponsors to help raise $10,000 for the cook-off's purse.
Lynch says the two-day event, which will be held at Mr. Golf Carts Warehouse and Distribution Center, will also include Hushpuppies and Homegrown Band concerts, a Mutton Bustin' competition, a mechanical bull riding championship and a dodgeball tournament.
To find out more about becoming a sponsor or to download an application for any of the activities, go to www.bosshogcookoff.com.