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From Enterprise Staff
A cornhole tournament at 7:30 p.m. on June 24 is a new feature that’s been added to the 3rd annual Smoke in the Pines Barbecue Cookoff slated for June 24-25 at Pedigo Park and hosted by the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce.
Registration continues for participation in the barbecue cookoff. A purse of $5,500 is guaranteed, regardless of team count, but the purse will increase to $7,500 if the team count reaches 75 teams. Registration is available on the chamber’s website at www.polkchamber.com.
“We’ll continue to register people up until the day of, but those 50-amp breakers go fast, and we only have a limited amount,” Chairman John Clifton said, adding that team spots are first come, first serve. “We’ll try to get teams in their same spot as last year, but the sooner you register the better.”
The barbecue cookoff is held in accordance with the International Barbecue Cookers Association (IBCA) judging rules and guidelines. The entry fee is $200 and includes the IBCA events, which are overall, brisket, pork spareribs and chicken. Ancillaries (cook’s choice and beans) are $20 for each event. Cook spaces are 30-feet by 35-feet and include water and 30-amp power. A limited number of 50-amp breakers are available so get them while they last. If extra room is required, an additional 30-feet by 35-feet space may be purchased for $75. Fifty-amp breakers cost on additional $35.
“We are anticipating a large turnout and can accommodate at least 100 teams with water, power and additional overflow space is needed,” Clifton said.
In addition to the barbecue cookoff, is the companion event, the Smokin’ Hot Auto & Bike Show, and the Kids ‘Cue event.
The Kids ‘Cue event is open to children between the ages of 5 and 17. The entry fee is $25 for each participant and will include a barbecue grill, an apron, charcoal and pork chops.
“We are expecting a great turnout of some of East Texas’ finest classics, street rods and custom bikes,” Clifton said, adding that a variety of food and merchandise vendors will also be present.
For additional information, contact the chamber staff at 936-327-4929 or Clifton at 936-328-9864.