United Way of Stephens County to Kick Off, 5th Annual BBQ Contest | Community

United Way of Stephens County’s annual campaign will be launched Friday night at the Duncan High School Football game against Piedmont. As fans watch the game, a dozen BBQ teams will be smoking brisket, pork butts, pork and chicken across the highway in preparation for Saturday’s Showdown.

Teams are competing for funds to support United Way. The teams look forward to receiving the rewards and prizes available in different categories. All entries are $10 for adults and $5 for under-10s. You can also order side dishes or desserts.

The fifth annual BBQ Showdown is the United Way’s biggest annual fundraiser, and this year they plan to have more than just Kiddieland for the children to enjoy. There will also be face painting and pendulum art. A free eye exam will be provided by The Duncan Lions Club. Chris Genn (United Way Board president) stated that Kochendorfer Brewing Co., along with other local vendors would open shop at the location where they can sell their products.

“We have so much going on, this is our fifth year for the BBQ competition,”Genn. “We hope to have over 500 people come and join us for some great food and fun. We want people to feel as if they are over at our house for a BBQ.”

Nate Schacht (Community Director for Duncan), who was part of the BBQ Committee’s inception, said that the BBQ Committee will host a corn hole tournament this year.

“Ryan Mora, owner of Bob’s Landmark Eatery, is coordinating this for us,” Schacht said. “We have plans to grow the event every year and hope to outgrow our current location.”

Register at Scoreholio to participate in the Corn Hole Competition. Participants must arrive at Fuqua Park before 9:45 on Saturday. The bags will be distributed at 10:00 a.m.

All proceeds from this event will go toward the United Way’s Stephens County 12 agencies: Christians Concerned, Douglass Eastside Seniors, Duncan Area Literacy, Duncan Community Residence, Duncan Senior Citizens Center, Gabriel’s House, Girl Scouts, HeartLine, Legal Aid Services, Marie Detty Youth & Family Services, Marlow Samaritan, and Velma Seniors.

These agencies will likely attend the barbecue. Stephens County’s agencies are encouraged to have their booths open for visitors at the BBQ.

Helen Stewart, United Way Executive Director, said this year’s goal is to raise $275,000 to benefit each of these agencies.

“We are so grateful to not only the community for coming out but to our sponsors as well, we couldn’t do any of this without you all,”Stewart declared.

Local Sponsors for this event include Duncan Regional Health, First Bank & Trust Co., Impact 580, Arvest Bank, Edward Jones, D.E.A.D.F., Duncan Family Eye Care, McCoy’s and Sherwin Williams. Contact the United Way office for more information, such as how to achieve the goal or to volunteer to help with future events. You can also stop by 12 South 8th Street, Duncan. You can also make a donation online www.unitedwayofsc.orgYou can send it to PO Box 16032 Duncan OK 73534-1632.

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