Archive for Wednesday, May 22, 2002

Gunslingers added to attractions at McLouth’s barbecue cook-off

May 22, 2002

The McLouth BBQ Cook-off will have its usual array of festivities on June 1, with a little kick.

This year's event the 11th annual also will feature some gunslingers.

Chaps, a Wild West show from the Pomona and Lyndon areas, will perform during the event in downtown McLouth. Shows will be at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

About 30 teams will vie in the cook-off, competing for trophies and prize money. The grand champion earns $1,000, while reserve champion nets $500. Prize money for five places and ribbons for 10 places will also be given. Cliff Weeks, cook-off chairman, said teams are encouraged to bring samples for the people's choice awards.

Topeka's 97 Country radio station will broadcast a live remote from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. A Corvette and classic car show is planned, along with an Abate motorcycle show and antique gas engine display. And the Jayhawk Model Remote-control Airplane Club will offer shows at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Activities are also available for children. A petting zoo, moonwalk and a train ride will be a part of the festivities, along with a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for third- through eighth-graders.

Although barbecue will be the mainstay of the event, a pie contest will be held, and food vendors will be on hand. Various craft and sport collectible vendors also will set up at the cook-off. A paintball target shoot will be held throughout the day and a Lifestar helicopter will land at noon.

Weeks, who has been involved with the cook-off all 11 years, said the event draws a good crowd to McLouth, which is about eight miles west of Tonganoxie on Kansas Highway 16.

"It's grown every year," Weeks said. "We probably triple the population of McLouth with this."

Proceeds from the festivities will go toward the McLouth Veterans Memorial that is being planned for the city.

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