Pitmaster Contest winners announced

PARSONS — The Kingsford Manufacturing Plant of Parsons is reflecting on their successful second annual Pitmaster Contest, which was held during the Tucker County Fair.

Competitors enjoyed a sunny day at the fair, with fierce competition, as participation doubled this year with 10 different teams.

“Kingsford Pitmaster was a lovely event this year. The weather was great and the competition intense,” Rhonda Helmick, plant accountant of the Kingsford Manufacturing Company of Parsons, stated.

The overall winners of the competition are Makenna Evans and Izabella Lipscomb, fifth-graders of Tucker Valley Middle School, who were supervised by their parents, Ed Evans and Angiy Browning.

Makenna Evans and Lipscomb placed first in the ribs division, second in the chicken division and placed first in the best-decorated grill site with their hillbilly theme.

Second place overall was secured by Jack Plum and sou chef Colin with their team, Plum Crazy, winning the chicken division, placing second in ribs and winning the One Bite Challenge.

The team Plum Crazy raised $125.46 for the Tucker County Fair in their One Bite Challenge.

Overall, all the money raised from the One Bite Challenge went to the Tucker County Fair, raising $524.15 for the fair.

Third place overall went to Brad Streets who is a material coordinator at the Kingsford Manufacturing Company.

Kingsford also auctioned off a basket of branded items after the Baked Goods Auction at the fair, raising $120 for the Tucker 4-H leaders.

During the Pitmaster Contest, the Kingsford company was also able to show off their new handmade cooker, which was created using mostly spare materials found at the plant by employee Mike Hardy.

The Kingsford company hopes to have the family friendly event again next year at the Tucker County Fair.