Grills Smoking and Belly’s Rumbling at BBQ Contest

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People of all ages are competing to see who has the best barbecue worthy dish at the Vigo County Fair.

Marissa Light has been competing in 4H for 2 years, but this year was her first time using her family recipe in the BBQ contest.

“There is onion, tomatoes, red and yellow, bell peppers, beef, chicken, and shrimp,” Marissa Light said.

Not all of the competitors are master chefs; but even for the ones who don’t win, they don’t leave empty handed.

“I just wanted to learn how to barbeque for in the future when I am older and I thought that this would be a good way to do that,” Marissa Light said.

Fair Board President Jennifer Cook knows that food is one of the key ingredients to a successful fair.

“There are some people that no matter who is cooking the food they want to come see the food and taste that great great fair food.” Jennifer Cook said.

With 4H incorporating BBQ cooking into one of their competitions, it allows members to become more well rounded individuals; and it teaches them life skills.

“I think it just brings another aspect of how much talent the kids have, another way to see them enjoy competition and to show off some of their skills,” Jennifer Cook said.

In order to win the BBQ competition, judges are considering: showmanship, taste, presentation and creativity.

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