2009-09-14 / Local News

S.C. Peach Festival barbecue champions selected to compete in world championship

By SCOTT POWELL Ledger Staff Writer spowell@gaffneyledger.com

Shawn Creef and his wife, Caroline, saw their Butts and Breasts barbecue competition team named grand champion at the South Carolina Peach Festival barbecue contest in July. The Landrum team has will compete in the Jack Daniel's Invitational on Oct. 24 in Lynchburg, Tenn. Shawn Creef and his wife, Caroline, saw their Butts and Breasts barbecue competition team named grand champion at the South Carolina Peach Festival barbecue contest in July. The Landrum team has will compete in the Jack Daniel's Invitational on Oct. 24 in Lynchburg, Tenn. After a year of firsts, the South Carolina Peach Festival has scored another coup with its barbecue contest winner selected for the world championship.

Butts and Breasts will represent the Peach Festival on Oct. 24 at the 21st annual Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Lynchburg, Tenn, peach festival vice chairman Dennis Stroupe said. The international event is considered one of the most prestigious barbecue competitions in the world.

To qualify for "The Jack," Stroupe said barbecue competition teams must win a state championship event or have already won a competition where at least 50 teams participated. Gov. Mark Sanford designated the Peach Festival as a state championship barbecue event in July.

With more than 100 teams qualifying each year, organizers must limit the number of barbecue teams competing at the Jack Daniel's Invitational. Stroupe said the Butts and Breasts barbecue team was among the qualifying teams selected in a state lottery earlier this month for the event.

"We were really pleased the peach festival barbecue contest was named a state champion event in its first year. This meant the winner could qualify for the Jack Daniel's world invitational," Stroupe said. "It will neat to have a team competing in the contest and representing the South Carolina Peach Festival."

The Jack Daniel's Invitational will feature more than 60 barbecue teams from the United States and several other countries. They will compete in the categories of pork ribs, pork shoulder, beef brisket, chicken and desserts.

The peach festival has already started making plans for next year's event, Stroupe said. The festival had 34 teams compete in the 2009 barbecue competition, including five teams from Cherokee County.

"We have already received an application from a judge in Indiana wanting to be a judge at next year's event," Stroupe said. "We are working with the Kansas City Barbecue Society to confirm a date to have a local judge training class in October. This class will allow us to have more local judges certified for next year's barbecue competition and help increase awareness about the event."

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