Hot rods ‘n BBQ battles

Mel Ogburn, of Emporia, talks with Kelly Dichek about the finer points of a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette LS2.

Mel Ogburn, of Emporia, talks with Kelly Dichek about the finer points of a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette LS2.

Small Country Campground held its sixth annual Que and Cruz event on Saturday, July 20, giving visitors the chance to experience the best barbecue, vintage cars and music that the local area has to offer in a single location.

More than 45 barbecue chefs from around the country whipped up their best – and highly confidential — barbecue recipes to compete in the festivity’s contest.

The barbecue contest is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, a non-profit organization that holds 400 contests throughout the country and has more than 15,000 members. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell also offered his endorsement of the event.

Teams lined the bottom field at the campground with their respective grills and smokers, presenting their finest creations to a panel of certified judges from the organization. Prizes were awarded for the best in the field of chicken, brisket, ribs and pork.

Attendants of Que and Cruz were also able to get a close look at antique and classic cars during the Zion Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department Car Show. Everything from a 2005 LS2 Chevrolet Corvette to a 1953 Ford F-100 Cobra had their hoods popped open and were on display for curious car enthusiasts.

Food, drinks and crafts were also offered at various vending stations across the campground’s property, while local bands The Domino Effect and The Last Call Band serenaded the crowd with songs ranging from “Sweet Home Alabama” to contemporary 90’s rock hits.

The annual event’s ultimate purpose is to serve as a fund raiser for the Zion Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department and the campground’s own children’s fund.  While the total amount for the children’s fund has not been figured yet, this year’s event brought in more than $1,500 for the fire department.

To read the entire story, see the July 25 edition of The Central Virginian.

By tcvnews
Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 5:03 pm