Barbeque contest to benefit Head Start

Central Missouri Community Action will host its Third Annual Barbecue Contest Fundraiser August 3 at the Isle of Capri Casino, which is also sponsoring the event.   
The benefit will be held to help address the needs at CMCA's Head Start, located near Dollar General. According to, Head Start is a national child development program for children from birth to age five, which provides services to promote academic, social and emotional development, as well as providing social, health and nutrition services for income-eligible families.
"Head Start represents one of the most effective programs we have to eliminate poverty. It costs approximately $7,500 per child per year. In 2012, just over 850,000 low-income young children attended Head Start, or about 50 percent of eligible children. Approximately 70,000 of those slots will be lost next year because of cuts caused by the United States budget sequester. After the sequester, the number of eligible young children not attending Head Start will exceed the number of eligible children who are attending. This situation exists despite the fact that research has shown over and over that in the long run, while Head Start does not fully eliminate poverty or its effects, it does have a significant impact. In fact, it pays for itself and a lot more. For every $1 spent on Head Start, society saves $7 over the child's life," Central Missouri Action Developmental Manager Pamela Beerup said.
To raise the funds, ten teams will compete in a barbecue contest.  
"Be a sponsor, put a team together, or just come out and enjoy a cold beer," Beerup said.
Individuals will be able to taste samples of different barbecue styles and hear live music. There will also be a raffle for prizes.  
"Tasting the barbeque is easy, all you have to do is purchase tasting tickets. Tasting tickets are $1 for one ticket. It takes two tickets to sample a two ounce portion of barbeque. Beer will be available for purchase and Schwan's will be on site to sell ice cream and treats," Beerup said.
Currently teams are still needed for the event. Each team will need to pay a $50 entry fee. Teams will be able to arrive at 6 a.m. the day of the event to begin cooking.
One third of the participant funds raised will go to the winning team while the rest will benefit Head Start.
"Boonville is a very supportive community and has been helpful in organizing this event.  I would like to thank the Isle of Capri Hotel Casino, WJ's Restaurant, Boonville Rotary Club, Clear 99 Radio, Nordyne, Caterpillar, Betteridge Law firm, Cooper County Memorial Hospital and C&R Market for their support and assistance with the First Annual Barbecue Contest in Boonville.  We also received great raffle prizes from Walmart in Boonville, Roots N' Blues Festival in Columbia, Images in Ink, Designing Women and Tyler Melkersman," Beerup said.
More questions can be directed to CMCA at 660-882-5601.