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Vendors, barbecue teams sought for annual Depot Days

Special to the Independent

NEWPORT — The Depot Days committee of the chamber of commerce is currently seeking teams to enter the annual Jackson County’s Best Backyard BBQ Contest, sponsored by Greenway Equipment Inc. The event will be downtown Sept. 28 on Front Street in conjunction with the Depot Days Festival.

The entry fee is $50 per team, which includes both the Boston butt division and the ribs division. Each team entering the contest will receive one Boston butt and one rack of ribs for judging. A new “anything goes” division will be offered this year for an additional $10 entry fee. A cash prize will be awarded.

Setup begins at 7 a.m. Judging of the ribs division will begin at 3 p.m., anything goes division at 3:30 p.m. and Boston butt judging at 4 p.m.

For a complete listing of rules, prizes and an entry form, go to www.depotdays.org and click on the BBQ Contest tab.

Vendors booths for Sept. 28 are currently being offered at $25 each for arts and crafters, school groups, businesses or other organizations.

Deadline to reserve a space is Sept. 20. For more details and an application form, contact the chamber office at 870-523-3618 or go to www.depotdays.org.