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President's Message - July 2014

Tony Wolfe - FBA President

FBA President's Message - July 2014

Welcome to summer in Florida! It is hotter than heck and it rains almost every day - and yet, we still BBQ! Our BBQ family is getting very good at cooking in the scorching heat and hard-hitting downpours. It is heartwarming to see how we pull together to help each other. I have never seen or heard of someone getting told no when they asked for help. And that is why I love to compete! We truly have some of the best people on earth involved with this sport.

The FBA family recently lost our very first president, Joby Stanaland. Joby had the vision that helped create the Florida Bar-B-Que Association and was one of our biggest supporters. To honor Joby's memory, the Team of the Year trophy will now be the Joby Stanaland Team of the Year Trophy.

Congratulations to Team Unknown BBQ for their PERFECT SCORE in BRISKET! They earned this honor in Madeira Beach this past weekend. Teams are really stepping up their game and pulling out all the stops to improve their scores. I don't know Team Unknown's secret, but you can bet I will be trying to find out!

The FBA continues to grow and add contests to our contest calendar. We just did a site inspection for a new contest in September in Spring Hill, Florida on September 11 - 14, 2014. It seems like I am getting calls every other day about the possibility of sanctioning a new contest. The hard part is finding an open time slot on the calendar! Many of our contests are choosing to sanction for three years, so you can truly plan out your contest calendar.

Just a friendly reminder, the elections are coming up. Becoming a member of the FBA board is a great way to become more involved in future of the organization. I am very proud of the work the board has done the last two years and look forward to seeing who will lead us into the future. Nominations will be opened August 1, 2014 and will run up to the Fun Cook.

The FBA Fun Cook is approaching fast. This is a wonderful opportunity to try those recipes you just aren't sure about without costing you the big money. It is a fun-filled family weekend and I hope that many of you will be able to attend. We will have the standard cook, a Dutch Oven class by Forrest Dilmore, a dessert competition, a wings competition, a Dutch Oven contest, and a Kids Q just to name a few events. I am very excited about this event and can't wait to relax and have fun with the FBA family.

Hope everybody can come out and support all of these great contests.

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