Letter to the Editor: Bayou BBQ Bash thanks
July 24, 2012
To the Editor,
Morgan City residents, you have done it again. There were 43 cooking teams competing for the title of Grand Champion for the Bayou BBQ Bash held July 20. The grand champion was Tee Wayne Abshire of St. Amant. But you, the citizens of Morgan City, wowed the 43 cooking teams with your friendship and hospitality. Thank you for being the kind people you are.
These teams, most of whom were here last year, have expressed their opinions unanimously that this is by far the best location for a cooking competition they have ever cooked at. The friendliness, hospitality and courtesies you extend to them make it all the more appreciated by the cooks.
The support you as individuals and the businesses have given is a strong indicator of your appreciation of the event. It is like each of you are a part of the event when you show it with your support. You are responsible for its success.
Sure there are some growing problems and we appreciate your patience with helping us to resolve them for the next year. Yes, we ran out of food tickets this year. But then we added about 750 more meals and you grew the event from about 2,000 attendees to nearly 4,000. We will take another stab at the food issue both by cooking more of the Bash sampler plates to possibly bringing in some of the barbecue restaurants to serve individual meats for their plates such as all ribs or chicken and so on. On the other hand if it had rained, how many plates would have been sold? Do you see the dilemma we are in when advanced tickets do not sell?
From the 1,200 meals you purchased this year, about $5,500 helped four organizations — The Children’s Miracle Network (Children’s Hospital New Orleans), The Chamber of Commerce, Extreme Sports (Central Catholic Sports program) and Morgan City Family Church. In addition, Trinity Episcopal Church receives the profits from the beverage booth and sale of hot dogs.
There are some organizations and individuals that deserve special recognition. First and foremost, Danny and Rhonda Titus of Youngsville, who came to Morgan City for each of the planning meetings, arranged for the BBQ pits and cooked the 1,200 pounds of meat nearly nonstop over a 24-hour period to fill the 1,200 plates of food sold. In that cooking team was Kim Folse and Buddy Hill.
Another tireless mover and shaker that sees what needs to be done and is a godsend in organizing and making it happen is Mark Stevens, our own Deputy Fire Chief.
Lisa Patterson, sponsored by Maison Jardin, recruited about 75 arts and crafts booths to the event, which is a big people draw. Thank you Lisa.
Next was the team of Carrie Stansbury for the marketing plan and support from the Cajun Tourist Commission.
Some of the major contributors with in kind support or corporate cooking teams: Elite Graphics, Hanko’s Boat Works, Elite Trophies, Dick and Rose Hamacher of Bayou Vista, John Cart (State Farm Insurance), The Hampton Inn and Suites-Morgan City, Walmart Bayou Vista, Cannata’s Family Grocery, C&J Land and Sea, Cypress Bayou Casino, The Latin Corner, Morgan City off duty firemen (Mark Stevens and crew), Sportsman’s Cycle & Marine, St. Mary Country Club, Vita Paint, Sub Surface Tooling, Sam’s Club Houma, Conrad Shipbuilding, Quality Cleaners, The St. Mary Marine Corps League, The Quilt Cupboard and I know there are others including individuals that bought T-shirt ads or contributed items for the team goodie bags or provided things.
I’m sorry if I forgot someone, but believe me, every bit helps. The one thing a lot of people forget is every item and job is important to the success of any endeavor. The most menial task, if not performed, can be the downfall of an otherwise successful venture.
Remember the adage “my kingdom for a horse.” You, the citizens of Morgan City, have stepped to the plate and contributed to the success of the Bayou BBQ Bash through your patience and understanding. I salute and thank you for letting us bring the Competition BBQ teams to our city. The BBQ teams and I collectively love you, Morgan City. Thank you for your patience with us. We will keep trying to meet your expectations.
(S) Don and Mata Tellman