Oldham Lions Club revives
its barbecue festival in Crestwood
arts and crafts for the first time
Helen E. McKinney
CRESTWOOD, Ky. (September 2009) There has
been considerable interest in the past in the South Oldham Lions Clubs
BBQ Festival. The club is known for its many civic activities and has
decided to switch the focus of the festival from a professional level
competition to an amateur competition.
Rub barbecue cooking team
is one of many competitors who
have participated in the South
Oldham Lions Club BBQ Festival. This
years event will feature only an
amateur contest in hopes of
attracting more teams.
The festival is just one of the many fundraisers
that we have throughout the year to support our civic activities. The
club is planning to make this an annual event, said South Oldham
Lions Club member Koss Kinser of this years re-organized festival.
It will feature crafts for the first time. Kinser is a past president
of the organization, having served in 1987 and 2007.
For the past three years, the South Oldham Lions Club has typically
hosted a Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned cooking competition
for professional grillers.
This year, they have decided to host an amateur competition to
appeal to a larger community crowd and involve more local backyard BBQ
talent, said Kim Buckler, owner of ALLinONE Marketing. Buckler
was hired to help promote the festival.
Since there are quite a few local backyard barbecue cooks in Oldham
County and local restaurants who have never competed in a competition
before, this opens the competition up to them, said Buckler.
Cash awards and ribbons will be given out.
The Oldham County Backyard BBQ & Craft Festival will be hosted by
the South Oldham Lions Club on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Maples Property
in Crestwood. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Maples Property, located
at 7036 W. Hwy. 22, is 23 acres that was sold to the city of Crestwood
to be developed into a future park.
We could not ask for or dream of a better place, said Kinser.
It is visible to the public and the grounds are kept in immaculate
condition, thanks to Vince Fanelli, whose family has owned the property
for over 100 years.
There will be one professional competitor barbecue vendor on site, Wendell
Thomas, owner of Falls City Smokers. The Lions Club decided to make
this festival a large community event by adding a cornhole tournament,
craft booths, business booths, a kids play area and Best Pie in Oldham
County contest, Buckler said.
Drawings will be held every hour and the day will end with a drawing
for a $500 gas grill donated by Lowes Home Improvement. There
will be an adult and kids Backyard Cook BBQ Competition and a
Battle of the High School Bands contest from 2 p.m. to 4
p.m. involving Amazon Pilot and De-Tour. Live music will be provided
from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. by Hog Operation.
This is the first year that crafts have been a part of the festival.
They were added so the event would appeal to a larger crowd and offer
more participation from residents within Oldham County, organizers said.
The Oldham County Backyard BBQ & Craft Festival was the perfect
way to bring a great, family-friendly barbecue event to Crestwood,
Kinser said it is possible that the South Oldham Lions Club will bring
back a professional competition in the future as the festival continues
Proceeds from the event will go toward the South Oldham Lions Clubs
efforts to fund community service events. Some past projects have included
construction of the Crestwood Auditorium-Gymnasium for the Crestwood
Elementary School, Pewee Valley-Crestwood Sidewalk, establishment of
the South Oldham Fire Department and purchase of a Rescue Truck, and
providing members to conduct eye screenings at the Kentucky State Fair.
Throughout its 61 years of existence, the South Oldham Lions Club has
provided eye care and glasses for many individuals, promoted safety
programs, sponsored numerous sports teams and activities, and educational
programs. It is a part of the International Association of Lions Clubs.
Although a specific program has not been named in which festival funds
will benefit, Kids Sight is a project that we have undertaken
in the past year, said Kinser. Club members visit pre-school and
kindergarten classes to conduct eye screenings using special cameras
that can detect eyesight problems. The results are sent to a doctor
for evaluation. This past school year members conducted these tests
on about 150 students, said Kinser.
For more information on the South Oldham
Lions Club, visit www.SouthOldhamLions.org.
For more information on the Oldham County Backyard BBQ & Craft Festival,
contact Kim Buckler at (502) 243-9353, 1-866-829-0578 or visit: www.OldhamLiving.com.
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