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Dear Editor,

On behalf of the Douthat SPEED Group, I’d like to thank everyone who came out and supported the 6th Annual Campsite Cook-Off that was held this past weekend on Saturday and I would like to congratulate all the winners.

With the threat of rain all week, we were very fortunate and blessed to have a dry weekend with a very nice and cool overcast day. Even if you did not receive an award, in my eyes you were all winners. All the food that was cooked and judged was beyond amazing and the competition was very tough.

One hundred percent of the profits that the Douthat SPEED Group raises is used to make improvements to Douthat State Park. We are very fortunate to live in a community that supports us and our efforts to make a difference. The sponsors we received this year were beyond our expectations and we plan to start putting some money into the newly gained property of Green Pastures so that will give the citizens an even broader experience of Douthat State Park and the Alleghany Highlands.

Douthat State Park is our own outdoor playground in the Alleghany Highlands that offers hiking, camping, places to go horseback riding, boating, fishing, swimming, and much more!

This years’ competition began at 6 p.m. on Friday, at which time all the teams were handed out two pork butts, a 20-pound turkey and 10 pounds of chicken quarters to cook to their desire. Turn-ins were at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. After the first turn-in, a “team meeting” was called at noon at which time a 10lb bag of potatoes was given to the contestants to make their best “side challenge” with a turn in at 4 p.m. Maximum points awarded for each meat was 120 and the side challenge was 60 with a maximum combined overall points of 420. Meats were judged by a 3 panel “blind judging” on taste, tenderness, originality, and presentation.

— Best pork:

5th Place with a score of 78, Team Buks & Spurs

4th Place with a score of 79, Team Nuts and Butts

3rd Place with a score of 84, Team Slow Motion

2nd Place with a score of 88, Team Smoke ‘Em If Ya Got ‘Em

1st Place with a score of 96, Team Ham Squad

— Best Turkey:

5th Place with a score of 81, Team Lil Taters

4th Place with a score of 85, Team Dirty Butts

4th Place with a score of 85, Team Smoke ‘Em If Ya Got ‘Em

3rd Place with a score of 96, Team Ham Squad

2nd Place with a score of 103, Team Blowin’ Smoke

1st Place with a score of 108, Team Kenny

— Best Chicken:

5th Place with a score of 104, Team Neighbros Back Yard BBQ

4th Place with a score of 105, Team Ham Squad

3rd Place with a score of 113, Team Kenny

2nd Place with a score of 118, Team Slow Motion

1st Place with a perfect score of 120, Team Rub My Butt

— Best taters:

5th Place with a score of 45, Team Dixie Land Delite

4th Place with a score of 46, Team Buck and Spurs

3rd Place with a score of 51, Team Hickory Bent and Rail Bound

2nd Place with a score of 54, Team Lil’ Taters

1st Place with a score of 55, Team Rucks BBQ

— Overall winners:

10th Place with a score of 263, Team Dirty Butts

9th Place with a score of 266, Team Ruks BBQ

8th Place with a score of 267, Team Smoke ‘em if ya got ‘em

7th Place with a score of 275, Team Blowin’ Smoke

6th Place with a score of 277, Team Hickory Bent and Rail Bound

5th Place with a score of 279, Team Slow Motion

4th Place with a score of 286, Team Buks and Spurs BBQ

3rd Place with a score of 287, Team Rub My Butt

2nd Place with a score of 307, Team Kenny

1st Place with a score of 332, Team Ham Squad.

We also had a best campsite decoration contest that had zero influence on the overall campsite cooking competition. It is just a fun side event that helps decorate the campsite and gives the contestants something fun to do to show off their decorating skills.

Best Campsite winners were:

3rd Place, campsite #15, Team Hickory Bent and Rail Bound

2nd Place, campsite #12, Team Rucks BBQ

1st Place, campsite #2, Team 2A.

There was also a 50/50 drawing and the winner received $575. Becky Downer was the recipient of that and she decided to donate ½ of her winnings back to Douthat SPEED Group and donate the other ½ to Surviving and Giving Back. Also, the overall winner of the competition won $1,000 but also decided to donate the winnings back to Douthat SPEED Group.

There was great entertainment throughout the day with Patsy’s Dance Studio UDE kicking off the day at 10 a.m. followed by Garlynda’s Fancy Feet at 11 a.m. At noon, Alleghany Highlands Blues Society played music followed by A Rally Cry at 130. To end the evening at 4 p.m. Chad Nickell and the Loose Change played followed by the Award Ceremony.

We are very fortunate to receive the sponsors that we received and would like to extend our thanks to them. Our sponsors this year were Jackson River Community Credit Union, Total Plant Maintenance, Bartley’s Meat Market, Randy Perkins Farm Bureau, Highlands Community Bank, Nicely’s Auction Company, Ingevity, Olde Town Covington, Wright Way Motors, Ridge Line Therapy, Byers Inc, WestRock-Low Moor, Devils Backbone, Nicole Gumm Groseclsoe Insurance Solutions, Jason Helmintoller Alcova Mortgage, Alleghany Chamber of Commerce, West Rock, and Williams Fabrication-Jenfab.

Once again, thank you all who came out and supported the Cook-Off! Next years’ event will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2022, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. on March 1, 2022!

Sincerely,

Ray Keen

President

Douthat SPEED Group

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