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Barbecue competition wraps up
Event draws cooks, crowds and judges
Faith and Greg Bowe chow down on barbecue Saturday at Cue'n in Cumming. - photo by Autumn Vetter
The Cumming Fairgrounds went to hog heaven on Friday and Saturday.Barbecue cooks grilled and people ate, both to their hearts’ content, during the second annual festival.The National BBQ Cup: Que’n in Cumming drew between 14,000 and 15,000, increasing attendance from last year’s inaugural event, organizer Randall Bowman said.“It’s feeding on what we had last year,” Bowman said. “It’s just growing.”Cooks gave high praise to the event, he said, and many plan to return to next year’s competition, which Bowman plans to begin working on after a short break for Thanksgiving.The event was a “success” from the standpoint of the teams and the attendance, he said.A new format for the people’s choice competition from last year allowed the public to get tickets and sample barbecue at the booths, rather than in a central location.Bowman said the change was an improvement.“We served so many people,” he said. “I think we sold almost 4,000 tasting tickets.”