2009-01-28 / News

Boss Hog gets fatter

May 8-9
By Elizabeth Billips lizbillips@yahoo.com

Teams are already signing up for the 2009 Boss Hog Cook-off.

The state championship competition, which is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), will be held at the Mr. Golf Carts Distribution Center, May 8-9.

According to Nan Lynch, cochair of the Downtown Organization of Retailers (DOOR), six of the 40 team slots have been claimed since the new application was posted online last week.

Judging coordinator Tim Lively says 45 KCBS judges, most from out of town, have already signed on to pick this year's "Boss."

DOOR organizers are also expecting a bigger crowd this year. Along with a $2,500 tourism grant to help advertise beyond Burke County, local chamber of commerce officials have secured a live Clear Channel radio remote for the event, along with a live "Your Hometown" news broadcast with WJBF anchors Brad Means, Jennie Montgomery and George Myers.

While the schedule of events has not been finalized, organizers say the Burke County High School FFA is planning to sponsor another Mutton Bustin'. Two solid days of entertainment are also on tap, with local favorites and regional attractions like the Savannah River Bluegrass Band, a gift from the Burke County Concert Series.

As far as food goes, participants can expect lots and lots of it. In addition to 10 extra teams, the Smokin' Rednecks', a professional barbecue outfit that makes regular appearances on the Food Network, will be here.

To find out more about Boss Hog 2009, log on at www.bosshogcookoff.com.

Boss Hog Cook-off is sponsored by DOOR in partnership with Mr. Golf Carts, the Burke County Chamber of Commerce, the City of Waynesboro, First National Bank, The True Citizen, Georgia Power Company, Rowell Electric and local corporate and private sponsors.


KCBS judges from all over the southeast will be in Waynesboro next Saturday, Feb. 7. Instructor Vickie Ownby of Sevierville, Tenn., will teach a judging course for prospective KCBS table captains at First Liberty Market. To qualify for the course, participants must have judged at least 10 KCBS sanctioned events.


More than $10,000 will be split among teams with the best chicken, pork barbeque, brisket and ribs. The cost is $250 per team, which covers all four categories. To sign up, download an application at www.bosshogcookoff.com.


DOOR is looking for volunteers to pitch in before and during the two-day event. To get involved, call Lynch or cochair Amy Lively at 706-554- 8100. Organizers are also looking for local businesses and entrepreneurs to provide Burke County related products for welcome bags which will be given to teams and judges.

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