Wednesday March 31, 2010
The Benton Kiwanis Club is pleased to invite you and your team to be apart of the Benton Kiwanis Barbeque Kookoff, the newest event in thelong-standing Tater Day Festival.
The Kookoff will be held in Benton, KY on the grounds of the BentonWater Treatment Facility on April 2nd & 3rd, 2010. This primelocation offers plenty of space for competitors and vendors, and isalong the route for the Tater Day Parade, which is regularly attendedby thousands of spectators.
Teams will be permitted to check in and set up starting on Thursday,April 1st. The Kookoff will be judged on Saturday, April 3rd in themanner dictated by the Kansas City Barbeque Society.
Pleasereview the enclosed materials concerning the Benton Kiwanis BarbequeKookoff, and contact me with any questions that you may have. I expecthis event to be highly successful, and sincerely hope that you will bea part of this wonderful endeavor.
Always the first Monday in April, Benton just celebrated their 166th Tater Day event. It all started when local farmers would bring their sweet potatoes and their potato slips to the court square to sell them. Around 1960, Dr. Robert McCrory helped start the first Kiwanis Club and organized Tater Day with a parade, horse races, mule pulls and a carnival. This event has grown each year. In 2006 the Kiwanis Club sponsored its first Barbeque Kookoff. We had 13 teams compete. We look forward to it growing again in 2010. The Benton Kiwanis Club would like extend an invitation for all to attend the 167th Tater Day celebration.