Barbecue contest heats up 'Hot August Nights'
Fire departments to benefit from competition to find the best BBQ in Hopkins County
From Staff Reports
July 24, 2008 - With August drawing ever near and the nights growing oh so hot, local fire departments are gearing up for what is generally one of the busiest seasons for emergency responders.
Thus, a community event is organized annually to help the local volunteer fire departments out financially. This will mark at least the second year Hot August Nights has been hosted.
The outdoor cook-off will be held Saturday, Aug. 30, on the grounds at Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. Representatives from several local volunteer fire departments will be present, displaying their barbecuing skills.
Barbecue chefs are also needed to try their grilling skills and test their best brisket and rib recipes against other grilling masters. While only those two categories will be judged, cooks are welcome and even encouraged to prepare barbecue chicken, turkey, ham and sausage as well.
"The meats that will be judged are brisket and ribs," noted Dawn Morgan, an event organizer. "They may cook anything else, if they want, for the public to taste. Of course, you'll want to show off your talents in side dishes, too. It'll be a fun afternoon, for a good cause, and will also give you bragging rights for the best barbecue in Hopkins County."
Cooking teams can arrive and begin cooking either Friday evening, Aug. 29, or early Saturday morning, Aug. 30. All brisket and ribs must be ready for judging by 12:45 p.m. Saturday. The entry fee is $150 and is tax-deductible.
All proceeds from Hot August Nights benefit the Hopkins County volunteer fire departments participating in the event. Proceeds are tallied, then divided evenly among the volunteer fire departments present Saturday.
For more information about Hot August Nights, the contest or to make donations to help offset the cost of holding the event, call Dawn Morgan at 903-335-2187.