Barbecue cookers compete in city

DAILY LEADER / JULIA V. PENDLEY / Gary Teston, of Kokomo, prepares a rack of ribs for competition in the Hog Wild BBQ Cookoff and Family Festival Saturday morning in Railroad Park.

DAILY LEADER / JULIA V. PENDLEY / Gary Teston, of Kokomo, prepares a rack of ribs for competition in the Hog Wild BBQ Cookoff and Family Festival Saturday morning in Railroad Park.

Downtown Brookhaven was filled with the smell of barbecue as contestants fired up grills to compete in the 2014 Hog Wild BBQ Cook Off and Family Festival.

The event drew about a thousand people with food, vendor booths and a lot of entertainment. A children’s area was filled with inflatables, and the music of local band Red Star drifted through the streets.

DAILY LEADER / JULIA V. PENDLEY / Casey Jackson takes food off the grill during the 2014 Hog Wild BBQ and Family Festival.

DAILY LEADER / JULIA V. PENDLEY / Casey Jackson takes food off the grill during the 2014 Hog Wild BBQ and Family Festival.

“It went real good even though we had rain,” said Mark Porter, of the Lincoln County Volunteer Fire Association.

The barbecue winners were announced Saturday afternoon. They are as follows:

Chicken: First place – Six Shooter BBQ; second place – Kokomo Q

Ribs: First place – Circle K; second place – Bald to the Bone

Brisket: First place – Smoking Sober BBQ; second place – Circle K

Pork shoulder: First place – Kokomo Q;  Second place – Six Shooter BBQ

DAILY LEADER / JULIA V. PENDLE  / Red Star performed in front of Brookhaven Music and Sound Co. on South Railroad Avenue at the Hog Wild BBQ Cookoff and Family Festival Saturday. Pictured are (from left) Dean Smith, Randy Allen and Mickey Garon.

DAILY LEADER / JULIA V. PENDLEY / Red Star performed in front of Brookhaven Music and Sound Co. on South Railroad Avenue at the Hog Wild BBQ Cookoff and Family Festival Saturday. Pictured are (from left) Dean Smith, Randy Allen and Mickey Garon.

People’s Choice: Circle K, Hank King

Chicken wings: Circle K

Jambalaya: Potbelly Barbecue

Overall: Smoking Sober BBQ

Archery: In the archery competition, Gilberto Huerta won first place in the adult category, and John McDonald took home second. Canon Travis came out on top in the youth division, with Daniel Falvey winning second place.

Dale Parker won first place in the motorcycle event. Kelly Harveston came in second. The People’s Choice winner was Shane Hannah.

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