Tailgate Showdown adds to cookoff tradition

OSAGE CITY—Osage City Parks and Recreation and Osage City Chamber of Commerce hosted the first Osage County Tailgate Showdown Oct. 5 at Jones Park, Osage City. The competition was geared toward residents and natives of Osage County.

“Even with just a handful of contestants, this year was a success,” said Osage City Parks and Recreation director Corey Linton.

Teams set up and decorated campsites using a football theme and were judged on their campsite. They also participated in a cooking competition featuring categories for best burger, cook’s choice and dessert. Each category was judged on appearance, taste and tenderness. Following the cooking competition, attendees were able to purchase food from the teams with BBQ Bucks.

The event also included a beer sampling fundraiser. The beer sampling was held in a designated area, where Flint Hills Beverage supplied more than 50 craft beers to sample. The home brew beer contest was cancelled due to the Alcoholic Beverage Control informing organizers that it was not allowed.

“This first-time event went over very well,” said Jim Lohmeyer, one of the event organizers. “We are happy with the results …”

Lohmeyer estimates that around 120 people attended the beer sampling, and plans are being made to offer the event again next year.

“I was pleased that all teams took home some sort of cash prize,” Linton said. “The teams even suggested categories for next year.”

Winners of the food contest were –Best burger, first, Ribs N Bibs; second, Saucy Lady BBQ; and third, Hoggiestyle BBQ. Cook’s choice, first, Hoggiestyle BBQ; second, Tipsy Pigs; and third, Saucy Lady BBQ. Dessert, first, Saucy Lady BBQ; second, Wreckin-Crue Bar B Que; and third, Tipsy Pigs. Campsite award winner was Saucy Lady. Grand champion, Saucy Lady; and Reserve champion, Ribs N Bibs.

Next year’s event will include some of the same and some different categories. Linton said all the teams enjoyed the creative factor of the contest. He was pleased to see that the winnings were spread over all the teams.

“We want to change the categories each year, just to mix it up a little each time,” Linton said.

With the Osage City High School football game being rained out Friday night, Linton said having the game played Saturday night made this event a true tailgate party.

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