Barbecue for a good cause: First-ever cook-off and car show benefits Sumter County Sheriff's Office

BY KAYLA ROBINS
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 5/15/18

Smokey barbecue smothered the hot summer air at the Sumter County Fairgrounds on Saturday as bite-sized cups of meat were handed out to be judged all day.

A total of 26 cookers made 3,000 pounds of Boston butt for the first-ever Hot Pursuit BBQ …

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Barbecue for a good cause: First-ever cook-off and car show benefits Sumter County Sheriff's Office

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Smokey barbecue smothered the hot summer air at the Sumter County Fairgrounds on Saturday as bite-sized cups of meat were handed out to be judged all day.

A total of 26 cookers made 3,000 pounds of Boston butt for the first-ever Hot Pursuit BBQ Cook-off and Car Show, according to Mark McLeod of the South Carolina Pork Board.

He organized the event as a fundraiser for the Sumter County Sheriff's Office for vests or family needs or "whatever they need to go to."

"I just thought one day I wanted to do something for the sheriff's department, so we put it together," McLeod said, "and it's turned out real well."

Another feature to the day was the car show, which saw 55 vintage and unique vehicles on display for judging. A row of tractors was parked along the grass, too, from kid-sized to massive.

Sponsors donated door prizes, which sat on the covered stage with a table of trophies to be given out at the end of the day.

Alongside the colorful, shiny cars were also the Pin Ups For A Cause South Carolina Chapter. Three women, Amy Spear, Jennifer McKeel and Jessica Patton, don pin up dresses and period hair and makeup to promote awareness of various causes such as anti-bullying.

Spear said they are based out of Charleston but wanted to come to the Sumter event on Saturday to spread their reach and help more people.

Overall, McLeod said, the first year of the fundraiser "went way better than what I expected."