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EFSC Alumni Association s BBQ Cook-Off a Big Success

March 20, 2017

The Eastern Florida State College Alumni Association’s first Backyard BBQ Cook-Off and Family Fest was a big success, with mouthwatering BBQ and bluegrass music on the menu.

Backyard BBQ Cook-Off Winning Teams
The winning teams of the 2017 Backyard BBQ Cook-Off proudly display their checks and trophies.

The March 11 event benefited the EFSC Foundation and Athletic Booster Club and featured 16 amateur teams competing for cash and bragging rights.

The teams set up camp the evening before on the Melbourne campus and grilled through the night in hopes of winning the Grand Champion title.

The BBQ was evaluated by a team of judges from the college that included Dr. Larry Bishop, Dr. Sandy Handfield and Dr. Joe Lee Smith, along with Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, Chef Darren Durham and Kim Agee.

While the scores were tallied, hundreds enjoyed bluegrass music from the Penny Creek Band, while children explored bounce houses, face painting and games from Bounce Around Brevard.

A & M Mobile Bar Service provided beverages, and if patrons didn't get enough food samples from the BBQ teams, lunch from Memaw's BBQ was also served.

Backyard BBQThe crowd also had front row seats as the College’s men's and women's soccer teams scrimmaged, and the Lacrosse Club team showed off its skills.

A new gas BBQ Grill donated by The Home Depot was raffled for the first 100 people who pre-purchased their tickets, and was won by the Riley family.

“We were delighted to share our campus with the community, and are grateful for the support of our college students and athletes,” said Jennie Kriete, Director of the EFSC Foundation.

Richard Laird, EFSC’s Vice President of Operations, announced the BBQ Cook-Off winners:

  • Grand Champion Winner: Undercover Chefs
  • 1st Place Chicken Category Winner: Beachin’ BBQ Crew
  • 1st Place Pork Category Winner: Big D’s Dirty South BBQ
  • People’s Choice Winner: Blowin’ Smoke & Kickin’ Ash

For more information on this and other Foundation & Alumni events, visit the Alumni Association events page.