Time to get grillin’

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Number 7 is rumored to be lucky so this year’s 7th Annual Grilling on Main should be the best one ever.

Scheduled for Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10, one of the most fun competitions for the entire family will take place on Main Street in Minden, title sponsored by b1 Bank and Webster Parish Tourism.

Minden Main Street Commission president Shawn Hatcher said this is a National BCA (Barbecue Competitors Alliance)-sanctioned event.

“We have about a dozen pre-registered grillers, but we always have some who are last-minute,” Hatcher said. “They watch the weather and then decide if they are going to participate.”

Little Grillers cook Friday beginning at 6 p.m. with winners announced at 8 p.m. This event, for ages 6 to 18, is sponsored by Ace Hardware.

Main Street will be closed beginning at 5 a.m. Friday. Hatcher said grilling will take place on Main Street proper, but there will be other events that take place in the “Marquee Parking Lot” (vendors who are cooking) and Pearl Street. The Cornhole Tournament begins Friday at 7 p.m. at Union Street and Broadway, while fireworks are at 9 p.m.

Saturday’s competition kicks off at 6 a.m., with the Grillers Cooking Competition. But the day is filled with crafts, food vendors, coloring for kids and music.

Sponsors are important, not only to this event but to others Minden Main Street supports.

“Our big donors are always here for us, but we can use more sponsors and donations,” Hatcher said.

Hatcher said judges are local and they rotate. To be a judge for the cook off, contact April Aguilar at 318-377-2144.

Music at Easley Studios “Courtyard”

6 until 10 p.m. Friday, June 9 – The Chuck Jones Band

10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10 – Grammy Nominated Buddy Flett

To register for any and all events (including the Corn Hole Tournament), call 371-4258 or visit www.mindenla.org/gom .

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