Chamber BBQ Cookoff sees a record breaking attendance
Sat, 14 Sep 2013 02:46:00 GMT —
This year's Chamber Barbecue Cookoff saw a record breaking attendance of approximately 6000 people.
In order to feed a crowd this size, teams bought more meat to last them throughout the day.
"400 briskets and you're probably looking at 600 slabs of ribs. I don't know how much that weighs, but that's a lot of food," said Gary Molberg, president and CEO of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce.
United Supermarket had a booth at this year's event. Greg Emmons, regional vice president of United Supermarkets said, "we probably had an additional $250 worth of meats probably."
Teams also bought spices, foil, and other ingredients in addition to the meat.
If the other 100 teams also bought meat in addition to Tysons' donation, Emmons said that an extra $120,000 went to various supermarkets in the area.
While the event may have been crowded, Molberg said there is plenty of room. "Some people think it's too crowded, and we can't move. But that's not the case," said Molberg. They will continue to expand to accommodate the growing number of attendees.
This year's event brought in at least $75,000 in ticket sales.