Cook-off is Saturday in park

Published 5:32 am Saturday, March 18, 2017

On Saturday, the 10th Annual Museums of Cassidy Park Cook-off/BBQ will take place in the park from 2 p.m. through 5 p.m. Fourteen teams have signed up to compete for the top honors in the categories of beef, pork, fowl, seafood and wild game, and Cook-off Chair Johni Miles-Blount says you’ll be sorry if you miss it.

“There will be good food in all categories,” she said. “And entertainment for the kids will include a jump and bump, Jeff Harrison with a teepee and Native American items, and free canoe rides.”

Col. Robert Miller’s Bogalusa Explorer Post 313 and the Bush Venturers Crew 213 will offer the canoe rides, she said. And Big Daddy O and The Dynamic Duo of Keenan Knight will be on hand to provide live music for the event.

But that’s not all the Cook-off/BBQ will offer, Miles-Blount said.

“We’ve got lots of nice raffle items and silent auction items,” she said.

Auction items include a Shock Top Fire Pit donated by Champagne Beverage; Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival tickets and poster; three jazz prints by Malinda White; three Willard Harrell prints; a Summer Seal Stewart “Through Deep Waters” print; a Bogalusa Centennial print by Tabitha Steele; a canvas painting by Paula Parker; a 1987 MCCA Limited Edition framed print and University of Mississippi framed print from Frames & Stuff; Bogalusa Monopoly games from the city; a stained glass piece from Theresa Lomzenski; a “turned” bowl by Curtis Creel; three handmade pens by Jan Adams; several other handmade pens; about $600 in gift certificates and a few other items, Miles-Blount said.

“We also have five or six adventure trips to New Orleans that will be raffled individually for $1 a chance or $5 for six chances,” she said. “Examples of those include a Natchez steamboat cruise, and a visit to the Audubon Zoo.  The $600 worth of gift certificates will be $10 a chance.”

Besides all that, the Cook-off/BBQ offers everybody a chance to check out the status of Cassidy Park, which was devastated by the floods last March that damaged and displaced the museums.

“We are trying to remain a presence in the community while they search for a permanent new location,” Miles-Blount said.

She encourages everyone to support the cause, by grabbing their family and heading to the park for good food and an all-around good time out in nature.

Admission to eat costs $15, and children 12 and under get in free when accompanied by an adult.