Wheaton event to benefit Joplin tornado relief efforts

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Wheaton Masonic Lodge and the Wheaton Fire Department will host a barbecue cook-off contest in the Wheaton City Park from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 11.

"Several members of the Wheaton Masonic Lodge have been volunteering in Joplin," said Mike Cook, Masonic Lodge member. "We thought we should try to raise money to help the people up there."

The barbecue cook-off contest is open to all area residents. Contestants should plan to be at the park by 9 a.m. on Saturday.

"The meat will be provided," said Cook. "They just need to bring their smoker and anything else they want to serve with their barbecue."

Each contestant will receive a pork butt. The cooks will be responsible for choosing how to cook and serve the meat to the panel of judges evaluating the contest.

"We want to encourage all of the contestants who plan to participate to give us a call," said Cook. "We need to know in advance how many cooks will participate so that we have enough meat for each contestant."

Contest participants will have the opportunity to serve their barbecue meals to individuals attending the event. Meals can be purchased for $5 each. Cooks will begin serving barbecue meals at noon.

The event will also offer live music beginning at noon. Point South and The Jimmy Conley Band are scheduled to perform.

A horseshoe tournament will begin at 12:30 p.m. Carnival rides and pony rides will be offered for children attending the event.

Donations of money, food, clothing, toys and other items for the Joplin tornado relief efforts will be accepted during the cook-off event.

Admission to the event is free. Contestants will not be charged an entry fee.

For more information or to pre-register for the event, call Cook at 417-241-1360 or Eric Still at 417-669-3359.

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