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Glendale holds Olde Time BBQ & Chili Cook Off on Saturday

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Taste Tickets on sale at 10:45 a.m.

By Gina Clear

The streets of Glendale will be filled with the aroma of barbecue and chili Saturday.

The first Glendale Olde Time BBQ & Chili Cook Off, sponsored by the Glendale Business Group, begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and features at least 10 cooks. All events are in the park or orchard.

The public can purchase Taste Tickets, which go on sale at 10:45 a.m., for $5 until they sell out. Tasting begins at 11 a.m. Taste Tickets allow the public to try the competitors’ beef brisket, shoulder and chili. Ribs are sold in the Glendale Business Group’s food stand.

The cook off is a backyard competition, meaning the cookers all are amateurs. They compete in four cooking categories — beef brisket, ribs, shoulder and chili — and entries are judged on a double-blind system. Winners receive cash prizes.

A Crowd Pleaser award is given based on voting by Taste Ticket holders.

Other attractions include live music by the Perkins Brothers in the park beginning at 11 a.m., a car show, cornhole tournament, baby contest and children’s inflatables. A variety of food stands also are available.

Bonnie Lush, a member of the event committee, said all proceeds go to benefit USA Cares.

“Fort Knox is a valuable asset to our community,” Lush said. “We felt we needed to give back to the people who are so important to our freedom.”

She also said with so many soldiers being deployed from Fort Knox in recent months, the contribution the competition allows them to make is timely.

“With the recent troops being deployed, it’s important to take care of their families,” she said. “What could be better than barbecue and patriotism in the month of July?”

Gina Clear can be reached at (270) 505-1740.