The Monroe City Blue Santa kicked off their first fundraising event on October 30-31. The two-day operation gathered community members and surrounding area visitors to pack the Lion’s Club field for a BBQ Contest, a Chili Cook-off and Car Show.
Friday evening the event started with live music, as the cooks fired up their grills and smokers to enter several categories of the competition. The cooks were introduced to those in attendance, who were ready to taste test and vote for people’s choice.
On Saturday, the event started filling up with shiny automobiles, both old and new, for the Car Show. People were seen mingling, as they enjoyed viewing all the cars on display. The Car Show had first, second and third places, with a first and second place payout. Turpins Automotive and Porter Auto Sales judged and assisted with the Car Show portion of the event.
There was also a Halloween Costume Contest for ages 0-14 years old and a pumpkin carving contest. Children were dressed in their festive attire for the days event.
Later in the day, the BBQ Contest was held, along with the Chili Cook-off. Those in attendance had a chance to sample all the different choices of brisket, chicken, pork, ribs, a BBQ side specialty, as well as chili from 1-3 p.m. to cast their vote their vote for the people’s choice.
Each category was awarded a first, second and third place with payouts for first and second places. There was also a Grand Champion payout and a People’s Choice payout.
The winners were announced during an Awards Ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Throughout the event there was live music for everyone to enjoy.
SRO Sergeant Brian Walters coordinated with the Monroe City Police Department to start Operation Blue Santa. All proceeds from the fall fundraiser will support families during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.