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Cooking for Scouting draws massive crowd

Enticing smells of barbecue filled the air at the Cooking for Scouting cook off event held during the Victoria Autumn Day celebration on Oct. 12. Sponsored by Long & Foster Real Estate in Victoria and organized by Lee, Vanessa and Sid Smyth and Theresa Beckett, the cook off event has become a big part of the Autumn Day celebration.

Eight teams vied for first place in this year’s cook-off: Team 1: Smoke House BBQ, Lunenburg; Team 2: Pure Smoke, Roanoke; Team 3: Shakin N Bacon BBQ, South Hill; Team 4: The Grumpy Pig, Crewe; Team 5: Bubba’s Backyard BBQ, Raleigh; Team 6: Nutbush Smoke, Lunenburg; Team 7: Triple D BBQ, Lunenburg; and Team 8: Smokin Stacks BBQ, Lunenburg.

Judging for the cook off began at noon and ended at 2 p.m., Oct. 12. Judges came from as far away as Richmond. Two judges were from Lunenburg County, one from Prince Edward County and two from the city of Richmond.

Scout Master David Dalton handed out awards, assisted by three of his scouts there to lend a helping hand.

The first place judges choice award for ribs went to Bubba’s Backyard BBQ. Receiving first place in the wings category was the team of Shakin N Bacon.

First place people’s choice was awarded to Smokin Stacks BBQ for ribs and first place wings went to the team from Pure Smoke.

According to Lee Smyth, “the event was busier than anticipated with a massive turnout. Purchased for the event were six cases of chicken wings, 250 pounds and 12 cases of ribs, 144 racks. Proceeds will be donated to the Lunenburg County Boy Scouts. Next year’s 40th anniversary of Victoria Autumn Days cooking event will be even bigger. Dates will be announced early part of 2020.”