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The Buzz - March 29, 2012

Hopeful barbecuers have smokin’ hot time

The weather held up nicely last Saturday for the 5th annual Smokin’ in Hopeful event that raises money to help fund the Hopeful Volunteer Fire Department. Organizers say things went off without a hitch.

A highlight of the festival is the barbecue competition, which this year attracted 16 teams who were fired up about winning three divisions — chicken, Boston butts and pork ribs. There was also an extra contest thrown in with a steak division that was open to teams that entered at least one of the divisions, and a People’s Choice award for the crowd favorite.

Top three winners in the divisions:

Chicken — first place, B.M.W.; second place, Hit & Miss; third place, Third Degree Burn;

Boston butt — first, Racoon Creek Rednecks; second, Team Faircloth; third, Jet Road BBQ;

Pork ribs — first, Team Fitz; second, Team Collins; third, Third Degree Burn.

After making a showing in two of the divisions, Third Degree Burn won the People’s Choice award. Tuff Daddies picked up top honors in the steak division.

“The competition was tough, but it was a lot of fun and lots of ‘tips’ were shared among the competitors and the people who came out to enjoy the day and receive ‘tastings’ of some of the South’s best,” said Scott Lewis, event coordinator.

According to Vickie Lewis, who coordinated the barbecue contests, several of the teams are already planning to compete in the 6th annual event in 2013.

MAUNDY THURSDAY PLAY SET: “Salome’s Roof,” an original Maundy Thursday play about the time between the crucifixion and the resurrection, is set for 7 p.m. April 5 at First Christian Church, 416 N. Westover Blvd. There’s no admission charge.

FARMERS MARKET NEARS RETURN: The Southwest Georgia Community Food Alliance is prepping for the return of the downtown Albany farmers market. A planning session is set for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday at Cafe 230, 230 W. Broad Ave., in Albany.

YARD SALE BENEFITS ACS: A yard sale to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life will be held 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in the Nickelodeon at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton.

Sellers can rent tables for $10 each or three for $25. All proceeds from the table rentals go to the American Cancer Society.

Set-up for the sale will be from 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday. Sellers keep their profits and anything that does not sell will be donated to charity.

For more information on the Relay for Life Yard Sale, contact ABAC Dean of Students Bernice Hughes at (229) 391-5130.

CAMPERS TURN BACK CLOCKS: Camp Wiregrass, a day camp focusing on Georgia history and natural resources for 6- to 9-year-old children, will hold a Wiregrass Time Travelers session Monday-Thursday at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

Campers will experience mid-1800s southern Georgia culture and history through interactive activities, including sheep shearing, wagon rides, cane pole fishing, traditional games, and historic baseball. Trained instructors will provide a fun and safe learning environment.

The cost for the camp, which is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, is $145 and includes a snack, t-shirt and crafts. Campers pack their own lunches and a water bottle. To register, email Kelly Scott at museumcamp@abac.edu. Space is limited.