Barbecue cook-off to benefit Youth Mentors of the Pee Dee

March 14, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – More than 20 barbecue chefs from around the Southeast will compete in the ninth annual Youth Mentors of the Pee Dee Barbeque cook-off on April 12-13 behind Palmetto Peddlers.

Palmetto Peddlers is on Hoffmeyer Road near the intersection with Darlington Street.

Festivities will start on Friday, April 12, with the “Anything Butt” contest, in which cookers will prepare their favorite dish of anything they wish, except barbecue.

There will be two divisions in this competition: sweet and savory.

The public is invited to come and sample these offerings from 6 to 8 p.m.

On Saturday, April 13, the public will be able to sample barbecue cooked by some of the best pitmasters in the Southeast from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Judges from the South Carolina Barbeque Association will determine who takes home trophies and cash prizes. The top cash prize is $1,000.

Both events are open to the public, and wristbands are $10 per person per day. Children 12 and under accompanied by a paying adult get in free. Inflatables and face painting will be available for the children.

Wristbands can be purchased at the gate or from a board member before the event. All proceeds from the event will benefit Youth Mentors of the Pee Dee.

Youth Mentors of the Pee Dee formerly was Big Brothers Big Sisters. Youth Mentors of the Pee Dee is a United Way organization with the mission to improve the lives of area youth through mentoring. Youth Mentors help fill the void in a child’s life when one or more of the child’s parents are absent. Volunteers typically spend two or three hours a week with their mentee.

Volunteers, both male and female, are needed. To participate, volunteers must complete an application and undergo an extensive screening process.

The office of Youth Mentors is at 110 Toledo Road in Florence. To inquire about volunteering, donating and enrolling a child, contact executive director Joey Edwards at 843-662-7081.