City barbecue contest set for smokin’ Saturday

May. 02, 2013 @ 05:12 PM

Everyone will have a chance to pig out on some pig Saturday as Monroe hosts its fourth annual Beach, Blues and BBQ festival. 

The event will be held on Saturday, May 4 in Downtown Monroe from 11 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.

It will feature a dessert competition, a barbecue competition, a cornhole tournament, tractors, rides and concessions.

There will be live music from David Michaels, On the Border and The Catalinas.  

This year the barbecue tasting will benefit Hometown Heroes and the cornhole tournament will benefit Safe Alliance. 

Tickets for the barbecue sampling are $10 for five coupons. They are available throughout Monroe at Baucom Insurance and Financial LLC, Iron Horse Motorcycles,  The City of Monroe Parks and Recreation Department, 100 Main Beef & BBQ and Silver Lining. Tickets will also be available at the event.

“I think at this point they have pre-sold 600,” Assistant Director of Parks & Recreation Tonya Edwards said Thursday afternoon. “This will be the first year that we have actually been able to offer the public tasting.” 

She said people have been requesting it, but because of health regulations, a nonprofit had to offer it. They had been looking for that partnership for years and this year Hometown Heroes agreed.

“They are selling those tickets and receiving the benefits,” Edwards said. “Hometown Heroes decided they wanted to do (the public tasting) and we’ve very, very pleased that they did.”

The partnership with Safe Alliance is also new this year.

“We were approached by Safe Alliance...and thought it was a great partnership,” Edwards said. “There will be people who attend the festival for (the cornhole tournament) that may not have attended otherwise.”

Edwards said the partnerships are a “win-win” for both organizations. The nonprofit organizations get to raise money and awareness, while the event draws people who otherwise may not have attended.

The buzz this year has been “great.” Edwards said.