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Hub residents enjoy first "Downtown Barbecue Showdown"

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Brackston Waites, 6, enjoys a slice of good barbecue at the first, "Downtown BBQ Showdown" in Hattiesburg Saturday. Brackston Waites, 6, enjoys a slice of good barbecue at the first, "Downtown BBQ Showdown" in Hattiesburg Saturday.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Nearly two dozen of the best barbecue chefs in the South Mississippi area gathered in Hattiesburg Saturday for an inaugural food competition which could soon be a major fall tourist attraction in the Hub City. Eighteen competitors offered up their best chicken, pork, ribs and brisket during the first Downtown BBQ Showdown at Walthall Park.

It was hosted by the Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood Association.

Attendees got a chance to sample selections from each of the contestants, while enjoying live music. Organizers hope it will be a nationally sanctioned event next year.

"We're going to seek sanction from the Kansas City Barbecue Society," said Andrea Saffle, president of the Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood Association. "Their national championship is Memphis in May and so once we get sanctioned, the winner of our event automatically goes to Memphis in May to compete for the international title," she said.

"We've been out here since 3 o'clock yesterday trying to cook everything we possibly can," said Brandon Smith of The Holy Cows from Hattiesburg. "We're worn out, but it's been a blast," Smith said.

"It was real interesting," said James Binion of the Cadillac Pig from Hattiesburg. "You had all different types of guys come from a lot of different places and we've been out here all night," he said.

The Grand Champion for the showdown was Sweet Dreams BBQ of Louin.

The People's Choice Award went to Strick's Barbecue of Hattiesburg.

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