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Sanford Jaycees accepting entries for barbecue cookoff

Posted Monday, September 20, 2004

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Sanford - If you think you can cook a pig better than anyone else, Carolina Brick Festival organizers want you in the field of 20 teams who will spend the first night of the festival cooking in downtown Sanford.

The pigs will be delivered to chief cooks and their support teams on Chatham Street while bands finish their sets in adjacent Depot Park Friday night, Oct. 22.

Once deemed done the following morning, the cooked pigs will be inspected and tasted by judges from the North Carolina Pork Association. The three top pigs will earn their cookers $300, $200 and $100. Cooking teams have a second shot at cash with Friday evening's "Showmanship" judging, when they will earn points for the way they have decorated their cooking areas, shelters or tents. The three best showmen will earn $100, $50 and $25 for their efforts. Cooking teams bring their own cookers, and the pigs are included in the $50 entry fee.

Once judged, the golden brown pigs will be taken to Depot Park for processing and parting up with side dishes as barbecue plates are exchanged for $5 tickets.

The Carolina Brick Festival will be held Oct. 22 and 23 in downtown Sanford, with vendors on Moore Street and other activities in Depot Park including performances by live bands both days.

For more information about the cooking competition, call pig cook-off chairman Becky Tharp at 548-0308.

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