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Cowboy Cookoff for St. Jude to be held Saturday
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    It’s grilling with style, and for a good cause.
    Come get your classy cowboy cooking Saturday at Mill Creek Regional Park, where three local chefs will “throw down” for the First Annual Cowboy Cookoff to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
    The event, held from noon until 5 p.m. at a pavilion and tent near the park’s batting cages,  is a precede to the Fourth Annual Saddle Up St. Jude Bulloch County trail ride, which will be held May 10/11 at Clark Farm near Portal.
    The Cowboy Cookoff, sponsored by Hemco, will feature mouthwatering fare by Chef Jason from Blue Moon Cafe, Chef Steven from Christopher’s, and Chef Michael from Forest Heights Country Club. Each chef will feature a grilled meat and sides, adding his own special touch to traditional outdoor cooking.
    Miniature horses Spirit and Maddie, official mascots of Saddle Up St. Jude Bulloch County, will be on hand for petting and photos. Music will be provided by Southern MC.
    For $6 a ticket, citizens will be able to sample food from all three chefs, then cast votes for which chef they think is the best “cowboy cook.”
    Multiple tickets are permitted, said organizer Holli Deal Bragg.
    “We hope citizens will take time to stop by and support the effort to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” she said. “The cook off is to raise money for St. Jude and bring awareness to the trail ride and camp out the following weekend.”
    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital helps children with critical diseases. What makes the hospital special is that children in need of treatment are not turned away if their family is unable to pay, she said. “Families with no insurance are never asked for payment.”
    The money raised by fund raisers such as the Cowboy Cookoff and the trail ride goes towards research and treatment for children with debilitating health care issues who would not be able to get the help they need otherwise.
    “It’s a very worthwhile cause,” Bragg said. “We hope Bulloch County citizens come out to see us and sample the delights our chefs are cooking up as they try their hands at cooking cowboy style.”
    Funds raised at the Cowboy Cookoff will be added to money collected at the Fourth Annual Saddle Up St. Jude Bulloch County trail ride.
    The trail ride begins Sat. May 10, with riders heading out on the trail at 3 p.m., then returning to a meal, entertainment and an auction, she said. Sunday’s ride begins at 10 a.m. after breakfast and riders will return to a light lunch. The cost for the weekend is $20, but single-day riders pay $15 and anyone who wants to attend the Saturday night supper with entertainment and auction can do so for $10, she said.
    Parents who would like to have pictures made with their children on a miniature horse will be able to do so during the Cowboy Cookoff. The digital photos will be e-mailed or personal cameras may be used. Donations for the photos will be accepted.
    A “full-sized” horse will also be on site for larger children.
    The winner of the cook off will be announced at the end of the day.
    “Special thanks go to Tammy and Robbie Humphries of Hemco, who volunteered to sponsor this event,” Bragg said.
     For more information, contact Bragg at (912) 489-9414.

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