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Quick response from Ameren appreciated for barbeque and festival events

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To the editor:

This past weekend the Lincoln BBQ committee hosted the 4th annual “Up in Smoke on the Square” KCBS BBQ Contest. With our largest field of competitors for our contest, we had a lot at stake Friday night. Our Friday night activities included a larger Art of Wine and Craft Brew Tent, Celebrity Chef and host MC Mark DeCarlo, and a large number of teams participating in our “Anything Goes” competition sponsored by the Lincoln Courier and teams starting to cook for the KCBS contest on Saturday. With the high temps, also comes a larger electrical load because of the number of competitors and the size of the cooking equipment and trailers they bring.

Sometime around 6:45 PM the power went out and it was quickly determined our electrical supply
was off at the source, meaning we would need to call in Ameren Illinois to diagnose and repair the problem. The power outage affected about 75% of the teams cooking, the vendors, and the Art of Wine Tent. Two calls were placed to Ameren Illinois area supervisors and the lineman on call, Marty Yarcho, was quickly dispatched to the scene. Marty diagnosed the problem that we had blown the main transformer on the courthouse lawn. Marty returned to the scene with a larger transformer and a very large bucket truck to hoist the transformer over the campers and cookers that were set up in the street in front of the transformer.

The transformer was replaced and power was restored in about 2 hours. The lights came back on, the music was back on at the Art of Wine and Craft Brew Tent and the BBQ competitors were able to once again run their equipment. Crisis averted!


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The event we had planned for over a year, the Art of Wine and Craft Brew tent, The Anything goes competition were all saved by the quick response and team work of Don Lemme, Melody Browning, and Marty Yarcho.

The Lincoln BBQ committee, Main Street Lincoln, The Kansas City BBQ Society all appreciate how the outage was handled and would like to thank those who went above and beyond to restore the power at our events.

Your quick response and hard work saved one of the biggest events to be held in Lincoln. THANK YOU!

Chris Graue
Event Organizer
Up in Smoke on the Square
Aug 22th and 23rd, 2014
Illinois 2nd highest paying BBQ Contest

[Posted August 26, 2014]

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