The weekend of March 25-26 the South Mississippi Boucherie comes to Southwest Events Center. The second barbeque competition kicks off Friday as barbeque teams check in to begin set-up and cooking for Saturday’s final judging. Sanctioned by the Memphis Barbeque Network, last year’s initial event was downsized because of COVID, but this year look for a full two-day event.
Plenty of other activities are associated with the Boucherie including the CardioWorld 5K and Fun Run. Participants will need to register by going to TheSouthMSBoucherie Facebook page, pulling up the link to the Boucherie website and printing out CardioWorld’s race registration form.
Or, if you are intimidated by computers, simply drop by CardioWorld at 720 Beulah Avenue in Tylertown to register in person. There is a $30 race fee, which includes a Cardio World T-shirt.
The 5K race will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday. Registrants are reminded to sign-in upon arrival at the festival grounds. It is a non-timed event, so you’ll need to bring your smart watch or device. There is a one-hour time limit.
The Fun Run begins following the 5K. For additional information contact Thomas Dozier, 601-325-7778 or Gayle Fortenberry, 601-303-2476.
The 5K/Fun Run is just one of many events staged in conjunction with the Boucherie.
Tylertown Rotary Club also has a pancake breakfast starting at 7 a.m., several vendors will be on hand with items for sale, there is a Kids’ Korner with playground and bouncy houses, stage entertainment with local and regional bands and groups and the Boucherie committee will have barbeque and other foods for sale on site.
Visitors are reminded that, while it is permissible to view the barbeque teams as they cook and prepare their entries, the teams do not have barbeque for sale as their entries are to be used for judging. That’s the reason the committee has barbecue for sale at the concession stand.
“We’re having good response from contestants. Just about everybody from last year is coming back and we’ve had other teams saying they plan to enter. We have a full weekend planned, so bring the family and come enjoy it with us,” said Stephen Pigott, one of the Boucherie organizers.