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TRUSSVILLE, AL – A total of 21 teams participated in the 1st Annual Smokin’ & Stokin’ BBQ Festival this past Saturday. The event took place in the parking lot of Hall's Motorsports located at 6351 South Chalkville Rd. in Trussville and was produced by The Trussville Rotary Daybreak Club.


In addition to the BBQ competition, there were kids’ activities, music by local musicians Brinkley Rackstraw, Chloe Hamrick, Makenzie Ward, and Madison Ward, food trucks, soft drinks, a corn hole tournament, and a big screen TV for watching college football games. Festival attendees had the opportunity to vote for their favorite Boston butt. The $350 cash prize for the crowd favorite was presented to “Blowin’ Smoke.” Sweet Cheeks Pit BBQ from Muscle Shoals won $150 for the Best Booth Set-up.  


Winners for best chicken were Redbones, Florence, AL, 1st place; Backyard Grilling and Smoking, Springville, 2nd place; and Hell on Squeals, Madison, AL, 3rd place. Winners for best ribs were Lee-La-Q, Cullman, 1st place; Smokology, Trussville, 2nd place; and Perfectly Blended, Vance, AL, 3rd place. First place winners in each category received a cash prize of $250, second place received $200, and third place received $100.


Reserve Champion, and the recipient of a $500 cash prize, was Sweet Cheeks Pit BBQ from Muscle Shoals. The Grand Champions, who took home a $1,000 cash prize, was Hell on Squeals from Madison.


Sponsors for the event included Hall’s Motorsports Trussville, the City of Trussville, Birmingham Coca-Cola, Amerex Corporation, Birmingham Coca-Cola, Civil Consultants, Inc., First Community Mortgage, Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home, Parcels Too Business Center, Premier Payroll, SanTek Waste Services, Signature Homes/Stockton, Synovus Bank, The Woosley Law Firm LLC, TNT Hauling and Tortorigi Construction.


In-kind sponsors include Amari Gray Legal Consulting, Charter Spectrum, Courtyard by Marriott, Cub Scout Pack 216, Hoar Construction First Baptist Church Trussville, and YMCA Trussville. Media sponsors were The Trussville Tribune, The Trussville News, Cahaba Sun, and WIAT CBS 42.


The Rotary International motto is ‘Service above Self,’ and this club lives out this motto by serving the community in many ways. Proceeds from the event will fund the club’s many projects, such as scholarships, leadership opportunities for local high school students, Dr. Seuss books for local elementary students, yellow ribbons at City Hall in recognition of Veterans’ Day, lunch for campers and staff at Smile-a-Mile, trees planted at Civitan Park, and more.


The Club meets at the Trussville Civic Center located at 5381 Trussville-Clay Road in Trussville at 7 a.m. on Wednesday mornings. For more information on the Trussville Rotary Daybreak Club, or to help with one of our projects, please follow us on Facebook or email Diane Poole at Dianepoole1225@centurytel.net.

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