Church to host cook-off fundraiser Saturday

Published 8:53 pm Tuesday, August 14, 2018

For the third year in a row, the Greater Mount Zion Youth Ministry will be sponsoring a barbeque cook-off and fundraiser.

The event will include a barbeque competition, food, a bouncy house for kids and a DJ who will be on-site spinning records.

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“It’s going to be a family fun day, event organizer Joshua Dupre said.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, on the grounds of the Mount Zion Church, 907 Farmer St., with those participating in the barbeque contest setting up next door.

The cost to enter the cook-off is $20 and categories will include barbeque chicken, spare ribs and barbeque beans, Dupre said.

The competition is open to all those interested in participating until the time of the cook-off, which is set for 6 a.m. the day of the event.

Competitors must supply their own equipment, Dupree said, and only charcoal, wood or gas grills will be permitted.

“No holes or pits will be allowed,” he said.

Also, all meat for the competition must be in its original packing upon arrival, however, barbeque baked beans can be prepared ahead of time.

Trophies will be awarded to cook-off winners and will include first, second and third place winners and an overall winner.

Proceeds from the event, Dupre said, go towards events sponsored by the youth department.

“The youth have already had a back-to-school drive where they bought school supplies and backpacks for kids,” Dupre said.

The money raised will also help fund small gifts that will be given to students leaving for college, and it will also fund future youth events.

Dupree said there are approximately 30 young people who participate in the church’s youth group.

In addition to the competition, barbeque plate dinners will be offered beginning at 11 a.m. and take-outs will be available.

The cost of the meal is $10 for a chicken plate, $12 for a rib plate and $14 for a combo plate.

Winners of the cook-off will be announced at 3 p.m., Dupre said, followed by the awards ceremony.

“Afterwards, it will just be a block party since part of Main Street will be blocked off for the cook-off,” Dupree said.

For more information or a complete list of cook-off rules, call 985-774-3828 or 601-618-7707.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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