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Que4Kids not your typical BBQ fest

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Looking for something great to do as a family in May? Backwoods Outdoors of Leesburg is hosting a Que4Kids competition to help raise money for children in need.

The Que4Kids contest is structured in a very unique format. There is only one division. All teams must have a child on the cooking team. And we have simplified the entire competition to first timer friendly format. Ever wanted to cook in a competition? This is your chance to get started. We will even help train you to do so! For free!

This is your chance to finally prove to Albany that you do cook the best rib in the South. Here is your opportunity to show all of Georgia that your BBQ is the best. Here is your chance to prove to the entire nation that you are the BBQ guru, and you can knock the socks off of everyone else! And in this case, you can win some great prize money, as well. Think about it! BBQ braggin’ rights to SOWEGA, and possibly getting paid well to get them! Someone will win grand champion. Every turn-in category will have a winner. It might as well be you! Come and get it!

The competition will be held in beautiful pristine campground facility inside Chehaw Park. The campground is set among towering old growth Georgia pines. Water and electrical hookups will be provided to all cook sites.

Many folks may know that Chehaw offers disc golf, BMX racing, hiking, Wiregrass Express Train Ride, Play Park, and the Wild Animal Park, an AZA accredited zoo. If you have not been to Chehaw lately, you need to see it!

While the prize structure has been attractive enough to lure some pretty well-known teams, the organization is hoping to attract many teams that are new to competition cooking. They hope to energize many new teams, including many kids who are the future of BBQ, by giving them the opportunity to cook in a professional cook off, with some professional instruction for free!

While the contest is for everyone, the structure for the competition has been simplified enough to level the playing field, while still being competitive. Quite a few lucky winners should walk away with some hefty prizes, and the children’s charities will be the biggest winners. Net proceeds from this event will go to help the Shriners Hospitals for Children!

We invite all teams to enter, from first time novice to competitive pro. Cook sites are on a first come, first serve basis, and are starting to fill fast. At press time, there were several select spots remaining for both vendors and cook teams. This is the perfect opportunity for someone that has seen BBQ competitions, and has an interest in cooking. Before the competition is held, we will be offering free cooking classes hosted by BBQ competition professionals who have done well at previous competitions.

The competition is being held on May 13 and 14, with activities available other than BBQ to help keep the kids busy and entertained. We need BBQ judges and volunteers, as well. In this competition, we need kids to help judge. Just think, three hours of eating and you are helping a worthy cause! Come judge, and bring a friend, as well.

Our event is all about kids. By the kids, of the kids, and for the kids. Help make this event a memorable one for the entire family, and a successful one for kids that really need the help. Come join in the family fun, and help teach a kid to BBQ!

Contact Tony Mathis at (904) 545-0433 for more information, or e-mail him at que4kids@aol.com. Or, better yet, stop in at Backwoods Outdoors on U.S. 19 South in Leesburg, and pick up entry forms, contest rules, and more information on the event.

See you there!


Westover High School graduate Tony Mathis lived in Albany from 1966 until 1990. He now lives in Jacksonville. He is joined in the Que4Kids venture by Mark Little, a Pineview, Ga.-resident, an Albany High School graduate. They own Smokerise BBQ, a branded BBQ program with 11 locations in Georgia (Rentz, Ringgold, Baxley, Sylvania and Savannah), Florida and North Carolina.

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