Archive for Thursday, May 19, 2005

Barbecue cook-off a first-ever feature for Lansing DAZE

May 19, 2005, 12:00 a.m.

Updated: May 20, 2005, 3:54 p.m.

— If Lansing DAZE organizers get their way, there'll be a huge cloud hanging over this year's festival.

No, they're not wishing for inclement weather or controversy. They're hoping for dozens of entrants in the festival's first-ever Brew, Blues and Bar-B-Q Cook-off, and they're offering $4,000 in cash and prizes to help lure contestants.

"It'll be a fun time, and we'd like to get some participation from the community on it," said Shanae Randolph, the city's Economic Development/ Convention & Visitors Bureau director and a Lansing DAZE organizer.

Randolph said the cook-off, scheduled for Friday, June 11, and Saturday, June 12, on the soccer fields south of City Hall, is not sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society but will adhere to that group's official rules.

"It's an unsanctioned event, so if you've got a favorite recipe and want to enter, you can just go ahead and do it," she said.

To be sanctioned, Lansing would submit an application to the barbecue society. This year, organizers missed the deadline.

Contestants can enter in any of four categories of barbecue: beef brisket, chicken, ribs and pork shoulder/pork butt. But to qualify as the cook-off's grand champion, a contestant must enter all four categories.

In addition to a grand champion, the cook-off will recognize and award prizes to a reserve grand champion plus first-, second- and third-place winners in each category.

Though organizers have not yet fully completed the cook-off's prize packages, Randolph said the grand champion will receive cash and prizes worth about $1,500. First-place finishers in each of the categories will win back their entry fees.

"You have a chance to win some pretty good money and prizes," Randolph promised.

The cook-off will begin on Friday with set up and inspection; cooking and judging will take place on the Saturday of the festival.

The "Brew and Blues" portion of the event will take place across the street from City Hall at The Overlook Restaurant parking lot, 720 First Terrace, where Scotty Boy Daniels and Lonesome Hawk and The Heartbreakers will be playing.

Judges for the cook-off will include wardens from area prisons, because money raised in the contest will go toward the city's proposed Regional Prisons Museum.

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