Ribstock turns up the heat

Ribs take center stage in Cameron Park Saturday for competition, festival
By: Margaret Snider Telegraph Correspondent
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Come join the eat-in at Cameron Park Lake, the inaugural Ribstock barbecue competition on Saturday. The Cameron Park Community Services District is sponsoring the event, with part of the proceeds to benefit the Food Bank of El Dorado County. “We are hoping to make it an annual event,” said Tina Helm, Recreation Supervisor for Cameron Park Community Service District. As an officially sanctioned event of the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), the winner from this smokey competition may have the opportunity to go to the national barbecue championship in Lynchburg, Tenn. The day begins at 10 a.m. with the family carnival — 56-foot Ferris wheel, bounce house, mazes, and carnival-style rides. Judging of the 35 competition barbecue teams will be by the 40 KCBS judges from noon to 2 p.m. The public can watch as the judging proceeds in four categories: ribs, chicken, beef brisket, and pork shoulder. “All of them will be tested blind,” said event organizer Bob Davis, “with point scoring that gets tabulated in the computer. There are table captains to make sure the barbecue is moving around the table.” This will be the first KCBS event with which Davis has been associated. “I have a great partner in crime, if you will, Ed Anhorn, of Sierra Smoke House,” Davis said. “He has competed with the Kansas City Barbeque Society, so he’s helping organize the competition element of it.” At 5:30 p.m. the approximately 38 trophies will be awarded: first through fifth place in each of the four categories. Ribbons will be awarded for sixth through tenth place. A Grand Champion, having the highest score of all categories, will be named. There will also be a Reserve Champion named. The public barbecue sampling begins at 2 p.m. and continues until 5:30, with a cost of $2 for each sample. Live bands will begin playing at noon, featuring classic rock, and the family fun will continue all day. “Throughout the day,” said Helm, “we are hoping for between 3,000 and 4,000 people.” Local businesses, large and small, have helped with the event. “There’s a lot of need in the county, and a lot of need locally, regionally as well,” Davis said. “The heart is to be able to help charities along the way. Our sponsors have been so generous, Wells Fargo, Blue Shield, all these guys have really stepped up. It’s wonderful, it’s great.” Davis’s company, Scenario, of El Dorado Hills, is facilitating this event. They also put on the Summer Spectacular, a large fireworks show at Cameron Park Lake, for the last three years for the Cameron Park Community Service District. Scenario also cofounded and organized the Walk for Hunger with the Food Bank of El Dorado County. “It’s really the only Kansas City Barbeque competition regionally, so we’ll get some good response,” Davis said. “A lot of hungry people.”