By Karolyn Gephart
The 8th Annual Manvel Police Association BBQ Cookoff will take place September 27-28, 2019 at 19710 Hwy 6 across from Manvel High School.
The event benefits Blue Santa, Toys for Tots, and the Manvel Police Department.
Cookoff teams will be competing in the following categories: brisket, chili, ribs and dessert.
Awards for the winner include special trophies for first through third places and certificates for fourth through tenth in each category.
Available for purchase will be barbecue plates, barbecue sandwiches, sausage on a stick and turkey legs.
Craft booths and drawings for prizes will also be available. This year 16 vendors will be part of the event.
“We had 30 teams compete last year and expect the same this year. We have never been able to get an actual count of how many people show up to this event because once we get started, it gets crazy! We assume 500-700 people will visit throughout the weekend. The event officially kicks off for us on that Friday at lunch time and we go until everything is done and Saturday night,” Detective Sergeant Anthony Meshell said. The money raised from this event comes from the entry fees for the cook teams and donations from local businesses. Some donations also come from silent auction items that will be available on site and food that will be served.
“Through the association, we formed our Blue Santa program which allows us to give scholarships to Manvel Highschool graduates and also help support the community and those in need throughout the year. Next would be our support for Toys 4 Tots. This is a program created through the Marine Corps to help collect toys for kids that are less fortunate,” Meshell said. “We use this event to combine all 3 of these programs and help families that are less fortunate in their time of need. We have used these programs to help families with everything from supplying a meal to building wheel chair ramps.”
For more information, contact Meshell or Michelle Vela at the MPD at 281-489-1212.