The event had an estimated 2,500 to 3,000 people in attendance with 25-teams cooking and about 55-cars in attendance according to Grant Miller, one of the event organizers. This year’s event had a higher number of cooks, more prize money, cars, kids zone and of course cooling stations to beat the heat.
The event started in 2009 when members of the church wanted to start a BBQ competition but also make it a family friendly event to give back to the community by raising money for charity.
“We thought let’s do something that is inviting to the community. We wanted it to be something that wasn’t for us, but for the community and people would find appealing. We also wanted to do something that would benefit an organization in the community. One of the groups we were made aware of was Special Kids Foundation who helped put in a park in Brentwood who helped get it funded. They also needed to provide some way of maintaining it. It made sense,” explained Grant Miller. “We thought it would be something that people would understand”.
Miller stated the goal was to appeal not only to car enthusiasts, the competitive cooks, and to families so that an event that is for the community.
Although final numbers are not yet final, they are estimating a couple thousand dollars will be donated.
Here are a few photographs we snapped in the earlier hours of the event.