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Park Hills Chamber talks barbecue

PARK HILLS – The talk at Tuesday’s Park Hills Chamber of Commerce luncheon was about barbecue. More specifically, the upcoming Mighty Missouri Pig Fest also known as the Scism Sizzle. The Second Annual Mighty Missouri Pig Fest will be held Sept. 16-18 on the parking lot of Sam Scism Ford.

This year’s event will benefit Children’s Haven and the Shop With a Cop program.

Event organizers Willa Dean Meyer and Dick Womack addressed the chamber Tuesday concerning details of the upcoming event. A new twist to this year’s event will be Mexican night on Sept. 16. There will also be a Royal Talent Ball in which a male and female vocal competition will take place. Each participant will sing to live background music provided by the band Canyon. Each winner in each division will receive a $1,000 cash prize. Participants must be 18 years of age and older.

Other bands scheduled to perform include the Elevator Band and GTO. A Mustang Car Show is also scheduled during the three-day event.

This year’s barbecue competition, like last year’s, will feature two contests. The Big River Backyard Grillers Competition will be held for those backyard grillers who wish to put their grilling skills to the test. Three divisions will be available in the backyard grillers competition, including chicken wings, ribs, and shoulder and Boston butts. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each category, ranging from $150-$75. An additional $300 will be awarded to the grand champion.

The main event of the three-day festival will be the Scism Sizzle which will draw professional barbecuers from across the country.

In other matters discussed during the chamber meeting, Park Hills Chamber President Rochelle Vogt said 70 businesses attended the Business and Industry Picnic.

Planning has started for the 2004 Foster Children’s Christmas Party which will be held on Dec. 14. A committee meeting is scheduled for Aug. 31 at the chamber office.

The chamber will holding a blood drive on Oct. 7 at the chamber office and the 2005 Chamber Banquet has been scheduled for Jan. 14 at Elizabeth Hall.

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