BBQ Battle a big success

The Boydton Town Council met for its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday evening. In addition to attending to regular business, the group also discussed the success of the recent Big Bad BBQ Battle, which took place in the town on Aug. 27.

The battle, in its fifth year, was newly sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society this year, which provided more than 30 certified judges for the competition and helped draw the largest number of competitors the event has ever seen.

“The event was very nice,” said Boydton Mayor Tommy Coleman. “I was able to walk around during the event and even come in and talk with the judges. It was interesting to see how the judges handle their job. I welcomed them on behalf of the town.”

Coleman noted that the judges seemed to really enjoy coming to Boydton.

“Hopefully they are willing to do it again,” he said.

Boydton Police Chief Danny Fox, during the presentation of his monthly police report, noted that there were no crimes, issues or incidents during the event.

“There were no problems encountered at the BBQ Battle,” he said. “I think it was a very successful event.”

It was noted, however, that the extreme heat and humidity that day did affect several attendees and organizers.

“One lady got too hot and fell out,” Fox said.

“Hopefully it won’t be so hot next year,” Coleman noted.

Boydton resident Mildred Winn, a regular council meeting attendee as well as Grand Marshal of the Boydton Day parade last year, noted that she won a grill that was raffled off at the event. She expressed her surprise and gratitude for the win, also commenting on what a nice event the battle turned out to be.

Winn also informed council that she spoke with some of the out-of-town competing teams, who complimented Boydton, saying it was “such a nice little town.”

Coleman agreed, saying he heard a lot of “complimentary feedback” from attendees and competitors alike.

Coleman thanked all those who contributed to the success of the event.

Additionally, council and others noted on Tuesday night that officials and committee members were busy preparing for the town to host its annual Boydton Day. This event is slated for Saturday, Oct. 29, and is the latter of the town’s two annual festivals/events.

In other business, council approved the purchase of a replacement root cutter jetter nozzle. The piece of equipment is used to clean out sewer lines. The one that the town currently has is an older model and not as effective or easy to operate as the newer model.

Council agreed the item was needed after a brief presentation from R.H. Park, the town’s Public Works Director, and voted unanimously to approve the purchase.