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Editorial: Tasty success

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Forty-four teams from five states competed at the 16th annual Cape BBQ Fest held last month in Cape Girardeau. The event is always something to look forward to as Arena Park fills with an aura of fun and the aroma of smoked meat. Because of liability concerns, competitors were not able to share their products with the public, a snag we hope can be fixed next year.

But overall, the event was again a success with more participants than ever before. Nine new teams put their best meat forward in four categories -- chicken, pork, ribs and brisket. Winners took home $1,000 for first place and $750 for second. Congratulations to all winners, and especially the event organizers, the Jaycees, for taking this event to a higher level. The event raised an estimated $5,000 to $8,000 for the Toybox charity and is one of the Jaycees' two major fundraisers.

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Since this event is praised by the city then they should co-ordinate with the health department to inspect the cookers stands and allow samples or purchased food items. I would hope that the Jaycees nor the cookers would have to carry the liability insurance that was implied in your editorial. If the city wants tourists to come to this area they must be progressive.

-- Posted by BABE on Wed, Sep 3, 2008, at 3:24 PM

yeah sure...redneck cookers will love to wear hair nets, rubber gloves, and screen in their cooking area to give you free food...I don't think so.

Its a cooking competition, not a retail event.

-- Posted by insider63785 on Wed, Sep 3, 2008, at 4:16 PM


You must not watch the cooking channel's coverage of bbq events. And be sure and not buy that marvelous bbq that is cooked outside at the fair. LOL

-- Posted by BABE on Wed, Sep 3, 2008, at 6:46 PM

you are right...I don't buy it...

-- Posted by insider63785 on Wed, Sep 3, 2008, at 11:44 PM

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