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Quen wraps up fourth and perhaps final year in Cumming
Organizer mulling move to different location
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Competitor Aida Alonso, right, hands Alpharetta resident Scott Hamming a sample of the barbecue prepared by her Alabama team, CrimsonQ, on Saturday during the National Barbecue Cup: Quen in Cumming. - photo by Jim Dean

CUMMING — The head of the National Barbecue Cup: Que’n in Cumming said that this was the event’s best year, but it could also be the last at its current location.

The fourth annual competition, held Friday and Saturday at the Cumming Fairgrounds, attracted thousands. Still, organizer Randall Bowman said the event could be leaving Forsyth County due to what he described as a lack of “local support.”

“Everything went great, it was the best year we’ve had. We’re just weighing options,” Bowman said. “There’s a lot of top-notch facilities that are throwing some offers at us to move … we don’t get any local support at all, so the odds are pretty good that it’s going to move into a facility that will actually help it.

“We have not decided the location yet. We don’t know if it will be in Forsyth County or not.”

Otherwise, Bowman was pleased with how things went.

“The weather was beautiful,” he said. “It was beautiful both days.”

Though he didn’t have exact figures, Bowman estimated attendance at about 15,000.

“You’ve got two divisions [in the competition],” he explained. “You’ve got the backyard division and you’ve got the pro division.

“Backyard division is basically amateurs and the winner was a team called ‘Two Brothers from Another Mother,’ and they’re out of Gainesville.”

While the amateur team was from nearby, the pro level team hailed from the Bluegrass State, showing the competition’s growing national attention.

“The pro division winner was a team called ‘Warren County Pork Choppers’ from Bowling Green, Kentucky,” Bowman said.