PROSPECT, Ky. (August 2004) Randy Winstead takes his barbecue
seriously. When it comes to entering a competition, he said, People
are there to win.
rib cookers at last year's event.
Winstead will go head to head with some of the best grillers in the
country Aug. 27-28 during the second annual South Oldham Lions
Club BBQ Cookoff & Bluegrass Festival. The event location has
been changed from last years Oldham County Fairgrounds to the
Belknap Community Center on Hwy. 42 in Prospect because the center
has more room, said Oldham County Tourism Director Diana Polsgrove.
The center is owned by the North Oldham Lions Club and is a
good facility, said event chairman and South Oldham Lions Club
member Tom Temple. Water and electricity are readily available for
contestants at the center.
Polsgrove said this national competition is an excellent way to educate
folks about this type of event. She hopes to develop this signature
event into a family event. In addition to the barbecue competitions,
there will be bluegrass bands, arts and crafts, vendors and childrens
Winsteads team, Big Rs Blazin Butts, consists of
daughters Whitney and Ashley, and wife, Nancy. Like other competitors,
Winstead concocts his own rubs and sauces. He will be entered in four
different meat categories and use a different rub for each one. He
practices at home on the weekends and said the key to taste is to
This will be one of the biggest events in our area, said
Winstead, who beat out stiff competition last year to win three ribbons.
His participation this year is based on the fact that the event was
so well organized last year.
Winstead hopes to compete professionally someday when he retires.
He said he enjoys the company and the fact that this event is a true
competition, not just backyard barbecue grilling for the family. There
is what he calls a serious side to such an event.
Temple said more events like this one are popping up as fund
raisers in other areas. America just loves barbecue.
Temple came across the idea for a barbecue festival while surfing
cable TVs Discovery Channel. I picked up on a contest
and noticed it attracted quite a crowd. I thought, What a tremendous
fund raiser for the Lions Club, he said.
The Lions Club is a big contributor to eyesight preservation.
They assist indigent people in the community who are unable to purchase
eyeglasses and provide sight screening for school children. Last years
festival proceeds went to an Oldham County High School student who
was injured in his chemistry class.