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South Oldham Lions Club revives
its barbecue festival in Crestwood

Event will feature
arts and crafts for the first time

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

CRESTWOOD, Ky. (September 2009) – There has been considerable interest in the past in the South Oldham Lions Club’s 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.

"Butt Rub" barbecue cooking team

Photo provided

“Butt Rub” barbecue cooking team
is one of many competitors who
have participated in the South
Oldham Lions Club BBQ Festival. This
year’s 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 year’s 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 Lowe’s 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,” said Buckler.
Kinser said it is possible that the South Oldham Lions Club will bring back a professional competition in the future as the festival continues to grow.
Proceeds from the event will go toward the South Oldham Lions Club’s 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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