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New location for Saline County BBQ sees lower attendance

Monday, June 8, 2009

The 52nd annual Saline County BBQ took place at a new location this year. The event was held at Saline County Fairground Saturday, June 6, due to construction work at Saline County Courthouse.

Because of the change in venue, organizer Rebecca Buie said, "Numbers were down from last year."

Still, 1,587 people were served at the event, which is a fundraiser to help pay premiums for 4-H and FFA students entering items into the Saline County Fair.

Ticket sales to the barbecue are a contest among area youth and their organizations. Dane Branson was the individual top seller, and Bizy Beavers 4-H Club sold the most tickets of any club.

"This is a money-making project for the kids," Buie said, which is why food items for the barbecue are purchased from those entities that provide the best deals, she said. Organizations in Saline County are given first consideration.

Overall, Buie said the barbecue was a success.

"We had a beautiful day, and we had a great turnout," Buie said.

Contact Sydney Stonner at marshallbusiness@socket.net

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What was the problem with the tea? No one could drink it? Way way too much meat on our carry out trays. about nine good slices... on each one. Now maybe that is nothing to complain about but did you make any money? The pork tasted OLD! Don't mean to sound so negative but if no one tells you you don't know. The slaw and baked beans were excellant!

-- Posted by nougatocity on Tue, Jun 9, 2009, at 8:05 AM

Did anyone ever think about the older people who attend the barbecue and the problems for them when they leave? Accessing Highway 65 can be difficult at dusk/dark when the barbecue is over. May be that is why the attendance was down.

-- Posted by Muffin on Tue, Jun 9, 2009, at 7:53 AM

I think it was a great idea to have the BBQ at the fair grounds. I agree with the other posts, more parking, safer for kids, better seating, etc. I also agree that the economy not location decided attendance for some. Please keep it there for the years to come!!!!

-- Posted by Proudsportsmom on Mon, Jun 8, 2009, at 4:21 PM

I have heard from many people that moving it to the fair grounds was a great idea and that we should leave it there! We crowned our queens where they will reign over the fair grounds, our kids were playing out on the lawn and there was more tables and space then we have ever had..... This has to be a great addition to our wonderful BBQ hope that our fair board will allow it to remain where are youth are comfortable at!

-- Posted by burroak on Mon, Jun 8, 2009, at 3:26 PM

Sorry to learn that attendance was down. I doubt the venue had anything to do with that, though. More likely, it is the economy which kept people from attending. I really liked the change of venue. The fairgrounds were much better suited for the event - more parking and a real stage with bleachers. The fair association should consider making the fairgrounds a permanent home for the annual BBQ.

-- Posted by born-n-raised on Mon, Jun 8, 2009, at 2:58 PM

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