Lebanon Reporter

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August 12, 2009

Battle of the BBQ returns

Lebanon — The Boone County Cancer Society will play host to the Second Annual Battle of the BBQ from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Lebanon Memorial Park.

Thirty-seven teams have signed up to prepare barbecue pork loins in an event that’s part culinary challenge, part family night out and part fundraiser.

Julie Klinedinst, executive director of the Boone County Cancer Society, said the support from the residents and businesses in the community was the biggest surprise when the Battle of the BBQ was held for the very first time last August.

“There was more community involvement than we thought there would be,” Klinedinst said.

The inaugural event was sold out, raising more than $10,000 for the society.

“We hope to meet or exceed that this year,” Klinedinst said.

This year there will be more barbecue available to diners; K&R;’s Hogwild BBQ will cook extra pork loins to serve to people who have difficulty going booth to booth and to assure there is plenty of barbecue for everyone. Hot dogs will be available for children who don’t want barbecue.

The teams who will be making the bulk of the barbecue represent individuals, families, businesses, and groups including firefighters and police.

“Anybody who wants to have a team can have a team,” Klinedinst noted.

Like last year, churches, businesses and community groups will donate side items and drinks, so those who attend will be served a full meal.

Event admission is $10 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 to 10. Children younger than 3 will be admitted without charge.

In addition to the meal, the afternoon will include music provided by a DJ all afternoon, and a concert by Sundown Band starting at 5 p.m. Thorntown Kiwanis will sell concessions from noon to 4:30, with proceeds benefiting BCCS. A bounce house for kids is being donated by Kipp Brothers Toys & Novelties, and face painting will be available.

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