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Boucherie weekend is here; teams start set-up Friday


It’s early in the season for Memphis Barbeque Network sanctioned competitions, and this weekend the third location on the tour is Tylertown’s Southwest Events Center as championship competitors get an early start on amassing points to add to their total scores and a shot at the MBN championship.
“That puts us in a good position,” said Cindy Mord of the South Mississippi Boucherie. “Now that we are an established stop on the tour we’ll start to attract more and more championship pro teams, as well as local and area patio competitors.”
A total of $8200 in cash prizes is up for grabs, along with custom designed trophies produced locally. The two grand champion overall trophies crafted in stained class for both Championship pro competitors and the Patio amateur teams are sought after and prized by the overall winners. They’re produced by Greg Smith, while the students at Walthall Career and Technology Center fabricate the metal individual award trophies.
In addition to cash and trophies, winners take home, bragging rights plus free entry for the overall grand champion in the Championship division and free entry for overall grand champion in the Patio division.
Saturday’s overall Championship team grand champion receives $1000 plus a one of a kind stained glass custom trophy. Saturday’s overall Patio team grand champion receives $500 plus a custom stained glass trophy.
Prizes range from trophy only, up to $500 cash plus trophy, depending on how the winner places and in which category. for Saturday’s Boucherie.
A “Just for Fun” category Friday night gives prizes ranging from trophies only to cash for chicken wings, barbeque sauce, deviled eggs, Something Cajun and desserts.
All the trophies are representative of Walthall County, displaying the talent of local artisans.
Teams will begin setting up at Southwest Events Center Friday, in order to fire off their cookers for a night of slowly smoking pork barbecue, so their selected portions will be ready for delivery to judges Saturday.
Although health regulations forbid contestants from selling or giving away their preparations, plenty of local and area food trucks will be set up on site serving a variety of local cuisine. Southwest Distributors will be on hand with beer on tap and soft drinks are available.
To assure that there are plenty of things to see and to keep families entertained the Boucherie committee has set aside space for a Dinan Baptist Church-sponsored cornhole tournament as a fundraiser for their youth group.
Health and fitness junkies will be able to take part in the Cardio World/Fun World 5K run/walk starting at 8 a.m. taking a route from the Boucherie grounds at Southwest Events Center, moving west, threading through city streets before heading back east to the events center.
Early visitors, along with all-night cooking teams, will welcome Tylertown Rotary Club’s pancake breakfast from 8-10 a.m.
Craft vendors are popular at any event, and serve to supply visitors with one-of-a-kind crafted goods unique to this area of South Mississippi.
The Boucherie committee is set up on site and collector’s t-shirts, sized for the whole family, are available for $20 in sizes youth extra small to adult extra-large, while 2X, 3X and 4X shirts are sold for $23.
Local barbeque fans are free to roam the team set ups to talk barbeque and share cooking tips.
For kids, there are plenty of things to do, so mom and dad can sit and relax while the youngsters do battle with inflatables set up on site, make a round in a Holstein train–the Dairy Express sponsored by Southland Express; enjoy face painting or enjoy the maze of forts and hideaways at the on-site Kids’ Playground next to the water park.
To close out the day, hang around for the awards presentation in the late afternoon, followed by a free nighttime concert by the group, Rock Candy, under the arena beginning at 6 p.m.

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