2018-09-15 / Front Page

BBQ contest next weekend


Betty Jo Palumbo, a judge in last year’s event, samples a portion from one of the contestants. This year’s event is bigger than ever and sure to be a big hit for downtown Emporium. Betty Jo Palumbo, a judge in last year’s event, samples a portion from one of the contestants. This year’s event is bigger than ever and sure to be a big hit for downtown Emporium. Cameron County Chamber of Commerce reports that it has a record number of participants registered for its fifth annual barbecue competition in downtown Emporium, slated for Saturday, Sept. 22.

Registration closes on Monday, Sept. 17. New this year will be the opportunity for competitors to enter a “mystery meats” category, with a $500 top prize.

Contestants can also enter dishes in turkey, pork, ribs, brisket, chicken wings, sides and dessert divisions.

“The addition of the $500 cash prize for the mystery meat category is creating renewed interest in the event,” Cameron County Chamber of Commerce executive director Tina Solak commented.

Embassy Powdered Metal is providing the cash award and Solak will be selecting the meat that the competitors must cook.

Competitors will be given the meat at Friday evening and must use whatever they have on hand at that time to season and cook it.

Nam Knights of America Allegany Chapter will kick the event off Friday night with beer sales and music will be performed by Even Gerg.

On Saturday music will be provided by Old Skool and food sales will begin at noon.

Because of the large number of competitors Greenwood Street will be closed to traffic on Friday night and Saturday.

The stage will be placed on the property across Greenwood Street. Registration forms and more information are available at the Cameron County Artisan Center or online at cameroncountychamber.org

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