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Glendale is no stranger to street festivals, but Saturday’s was decidedly the sauciest of all.
The Glendale Business Group hosted the Olde Time BBQ and Chili Cook-off at the park in Glendale on Saturday. Nine groups vied to place in four cooking categories, while those in attendance were happy to sample cuisine from everyone to put in their a vote for the Crowd Pleaser Award.
This is the second year for the event, and the first time the business group has organized it. Ronnie Goodman with the group is glad to see it continue.
“This is a great thing for the community of Glendale to bring people into all the shops and businesses here,” he said.
People filled the park and the lines to each of the vendors, who could compete in one or all of the categories — chili, ribs, brisket or pork shoulder. Judy Walden of Vine Grove and her family came to the event because “we’re big barbecue fans,” she said. She and her mother-in-law also stopped by craft booths set up across the street.
“We always enjoy coming to Glendale. It’s a really quaint town,” Walden said.
Some vendors were from outside the area, but most were local. Nick Douthitt of Eastview ran the Big Cat Barbecue tent. He competed in the cook-off last year, too.
“It’s something different to do,” Douthitt said.
Malisa Reed of Cecilia and her Midget Mountain Barbecue entered for the first time this year. She said she was interested “because I love to cook and I love to bake, and baking is a slow and patient process like barbecue.”
She entered all categories and prepared by researching on the Internet and watching television shows about barbecue. She experienced some setbacks Saturday, such as one of her gas burners quitting, but she forged ahead, and is ready to come back next year.
“I will be back, definitely,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed it. (I’m) Tired, but I enjoyed it.”
Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 firstname.lastname@example.org.