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Boucherie returns March 23

Posed under the publicity banner at Centennial Square, the South Mississippi Boucherie committee has been planning for the March 23 event almost since the closing of last year’s contest. From left, seated, are Audrey Stogner, Virginia James, Melissa Stringer, Lori Hawn; standing, Winston Fortenberry, Taylor Stringer, Cindy Mord and Ben Atwood. Competitors will begin arriving Friday to begin the slow cooking process and the announcing of the winning entries Saturday. Teams are competing for $8200 in cash plus trophies at the Memphis Barbecue Network sanctioned event.

The South Mississippi Boucherie welcomes both first-time and returning fans of pork barbecue as they return to Tylertown’s Southwest Events Center Saturday, March 23.
“Let the Good Times Roll” sets the mood for the event, one of the first barbeque competitions of the year sanctioned by the Memphis Barbecue Network.
Professionals and amateur cooking teams will arrive Friday to set up and begin the slow cooking process that will end with Saturday’s judging and awarding of trophies and prizes.
After the judging, join the Boucherie for Rock Candy to the big stage from 6-9 p.m. With a mix of ‘80s, ‘90s and today’s music.
Turn out to watch the teams compete and see what techniques are used by both pro competition teams and patio (amateur) competitors.
Plenty of eats on site. The Boucherie Food Truck Festival will have a sampling of area cuisine available from local and area mobile vendors.
Start the day with Tylertown Rotary Club’s pancake breakfast from 7-10 a.m.
Join with Cardio World’s 5K walk/run.
Plenty to do for the family, and lots of activities to keep the kids occupied. The Boucherie’s craft vendor spaces are loaded with local crafts and unique items from a number of vendors. The Kid’s Corner is packed with activities to keep the young’uns well occupied. The Southland Express train rides return, and assortment of inflatable jumpers, a cornhole tournament along with face painting and an onsite playground opens plenty of wholesome activity for the kids while the parents browse and view the other attractions.
And, there’s a new local competition this year, dedicated to one of the founders of the Boucherie, the Stephen Pigott Memorial Trophy, a locally judged meat competition with trophy and cash award dedicated to Pigott, who was instrumental in the establishment of the Boucherie as one of Walthall County’s annual events.
Entry forms and information are available on the web at www.thesouthmsboucherie.com
In addition, an MBN Judges School will be held Friday prior to the event to train those who are interested in becoming a judge at other MBN competitions.
New “Let the Good Times Roll” Boucherie T-shirts will be on sale as well. Look to the website or Facebook page for information. Sizes Kids XS to adult XSL are $20 while sizes 2x to 4X are $23.

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