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Fifth Annual Day of Hard Labor BBQ Cook-Off to benefit United Way

The Fifth Annual Labor Day BBQ Cook-off returns this year on Labor Day at the Newberry Street Festival Center. The cook-off will be on September 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and tickets are available for sale beginning August 1.

Teams are hard at work planning their best recipes and sauces for grilling and smoking pork ribs and Boston butts, simmering baked beans, and hopefully winning the hearts and taste buds of our celebrity judges. According to our event organizer Alicia Davis, “Everyone comes together to have a good time, but the main thing is that all proceeds will benefit the United Way of Aiken County and its member agencies.”

Public Safety’s Alan Willing has cooked at every event since the beginning. He echoes her sentiments. “It is good fellowship and friendly competition among the cooks, but the United Way is the main winner.” Many of our celebrity chefs come from our local law enforcement community and, like Willing, have also participated every year.

Last year’s event raised more than $3,500. United Way of Aiken County President Sharon Rodgers says, “This event is the first fundraiser of our Fall Campaign. The money raised helps support many of our critical needs programs.”

Tickets go on sale August 1st at the following locations:

Aiken Public Safety Headquarters, 251 Laurens Street, NW

The Finance Department at Aiken City Hall, 214 Park Avenue, SW

H.O. Weeks Activities Center at 1700 Whiskey Road

Holley Tractor and Equipment at 1721 Richland Avenue, East.

Advance tickets are $8; children ages 6 – 13 are $4; and all children younger than 5 will be admitted free. Tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 – 13 at the gate.

The event will take place rain or shine.

For additional information, call the City Manager’s Office at 642-7654.