Holy Smokes 2016
The first, annual, Holy Smokes BBQ Competition at Our Lady of Victory was held this past weekend and was a great success! Twenty-three teams competed in four different categories, which meant anyone within a mile of Victory woke up Saturday morning to the sweet smell of mouthwatering BBQ.
In addition, 16 of the 23 teams turned in a large pan of their best pulled pork and competed in the People’s Choice Award. Over 190 guests were able to taste a sample from each of those 16 teams and cast their vote for their favorite! When guests were not consuming BBQ they enjoyed different activities, such as the Putt-Putt Challenge; winning a cake or dessert… or money from our Big Six, Bars-n-Bells and Split the Pot booths; or simply taking in the day listening to live music with their favorite beverage in hand.
The Victory community really got its chance to shine as the event brought many unfamiliar faces from around the region. Whether it was a competition team or a visitor for the day, the Victory community did its job making all feel welcome! We’ve received many accolades from folks outside of our Parish stating they’ve never felt more welcome than they did at Victory. Many teams have already asked if registration is open for 2017 and we’ve begun receiving requests from restaurants in the Cincinnati area asking to be a vendor in our event next year!
The Holy Smokes Committee worked tirelessly over the past year to organize the event, but the success of the inaugural Holy Smokes BBQ Competition would not have happened without the entire support of the Parish.