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Thanks from Main Street Lincoln to everyone involved

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To the editor:

Many people were responsible for their invaluable contribution to Main Street Lincoln's first annual Honest Abe's BBQ Cook Off, Sept. 18. The idea originated with Doug Board, chairman. He enthusiastically expended many hours in organizing, planning and recruiting sponsors and participants for the event. Chris Graue's knowledge and support in furthering the endeavors of the cook-off were significant to the success of the day. Graue Inc. also sponsored the trophies for the winning competitors. Mario Bonaparte assisted with working with our sponsors. Bruce Huskins willingly took on the task of organizing the system for the judging.

Our initial thank you goes to our chefs. The cook-off teams were as follows: Bonaparte BBQ, Chicago Street Rental, The Chilly Water Smokers, Fat Boy's BBQ, The Flying Pink Pigs BBQ, R.J. Bow Tie BBQ and Smokin' Smith BBQ.

Main Street Lincoln also thanks the following sponsors: Action Rentals & Sales, Chicago Street Rental, Family Custom Cleaners, Graue Inc., IGA, Fitzpatrick Electric, Kroger, KVH Construction, Level Best Building Services, Lincoln College, Pet Connection, Stuffed-Aria Pizza, The Award Shop and Walmart. We also acknowledge Lincoln IGA for their assistance in coordinating and obtain the cook-off meat selection.

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A special recognition goes to the judges: Mayor Keith Snyder, fire Chief Kent Hulett, Dave Salander, Rick Glazik and Janet Seiler, and team captains Steve Montgomery and Tub Baker, both certified judges.

In addition to the main focus of the barbecue cook-off, we would like to thank the added venues of the day: Five and Dime for their live music; Gladys Dutz, Janice Chan Hahn and Jan Sorenson for their watercolor presentation; Pet Connection for their hamster races; and Vicky Shaffer of Crystal Mountain Jewelry and Gifts for her purse and shoe display.

Lastly, a huge thank you to all of the volunteers who worked in numerous capacities. It takes sponsors, volunteers, participants and other assistants to make an event a success.

We appreciate the community support and look forward to seeing you at our event next year. Please use my e-mail address for any suggestions for next year's cook-off. You will find this at the Main Street Lincoln website.

Wanda Lee Rohlfs, executive director

[Posted September 23, 2010]

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