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From Enterprise Staff

Entries are being accepted for participation in the fourth annual State Championship Smoke in the Pines Barbecue Cookoff slated for June 23-24 at Pedigo Park in Livingston. Other activities in conjunction with the event are the auto and bike show, kids barbecue, cornhole tournament and vendor booths. This is one of the big annual fundraisers for the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce.

Smoke in the Pines is affiliated with the International Barbecue Cookers Association (IBCA). The entry fee for IBCA meats is $200 and the entry fee for the ancillaries such as cook’s choice and beans is $25 each. The payout is $5,500. However, if 75 or more teams participate, the payout will be $7,500. There will be payouts for first through sixth IBCA meats, first through third for cook’s choice and first for beans.

The entry fee for the auto and bike show is $30 and for the kids barbecue is $25. Vendor booths are available for $65 and the cornhole team entry is $50.

IBCA judging rules will apply and may be viewed at https://ibcabbq.org/organization-documents/. For additional information about Smoke in the Pines contact John Clifton at 936-328-9864 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For information about any of the above events, contact the chamber office at 936-327-4929 or go to polkchamber.com.

In other activity, the chamber is also currently accepting goodies and promotional items for the teacher bags. Two hundred of each item are requested.

Each year the chamber accepts promotional products and materials from local businesses and individuals for inclusion in the goodie bags that are distributed to new schoolteachers throughout Polk County. The annual project is an opportunity for local businesses and service providers to promote themselves. A variety of promotional products are placed in the bags, including welcome guides, pens, pencils, rulers, nail files, notepads, coupons, flyers and other items and information. Chamber representatives ask that any letter, legal or big size paper be folded in half. The deadline to deliver these items to the chamber office is July 6.

The chamber’s website may be found at polkchamber.com. The chamber office is located at 1001 U.S. 59 Loop North in Livingston. The phone number is 396-327-4929. For additional information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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