2014 marked the first year the Butler Chamber of Commerce combined the long-standing Huckster’s Day with the annual state BBQ competition. In previous years the BBQ competition was held at the fairgrounds. The Chamber board believed these events could be even better together, especially if held on Butler’s downtown historic square. The response from BBQ competitors, judges, vendors and volunteers was phenomenal, and the crowds filled the square throughout the event.
All the ingredients were right for a fun day.
Huckster’s Day Dog Contest awarded this beauty, Marilyn Monroe, as best in show.
The Baby Show has always drawn a crowd.
This young girl sang “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”and tied for first place in the talent show.
All the old Huckster’s Day traditions were observed.
The local grocery store owner, Mike Massey of Massey’s Countrymart, was elected to Kiss the Pig.
Butler’s Nostalgia Band
Connie White’s School of Dance
Meanwhile, the smokers smoked…
And the delicious aroma of BBQ filled the air.
The award ceremony was the finale for the weekend.
Many thanks to our Kansas City Barbeque Society Representatives, Kim Collier and Larry Hadley.
Hometown Winner: Gettinn’ Sauced, Danny Marks of Drexel, Mo.
1st Place Anything Goes: Burnin’ Down the Hog (Captain Phil Bader)
Burnin’ Down the Hog also won the People’s Choice award.
Charles Rush (pictured right) of Cook Insurance presented awards for us this year.
1st Place Chicken: Truebud BBQ, Captain Tim Grant, of Tonganoxie, KS
1st Place Brisket: Truebud BBQ
1st place Smoked Ribs: Burnt Finger BBQ, Jason Day of Lee’s Summit, Mo.
1st Place Pork: Truebud BBQ
Reserve Grand: Pellet Envy, Team Captain Rody Gray of Leawood, Kan.
The Butler Chamber of Commerce BBQ Grand Champion 2014
Truebud BBQ, Captain Tim Grant, of Tonganoxie, KS