Highland News Leader

Entrants sought for BBQ competition and Wifflepalooza in Trenton City Park

It doesn’t get any more American than barbecue and Wiffle ball, and the two will come together during the first-ever BBQ Competition and Wifflepalooza scheduled for Saturday, June 25 at the Trenton City Park. The event is sponsored by the Wesclin DARE program and Trenton Park Boosters. Barbecue cooks and Wiffle ball teams are being sought for the day’s competition.

A $100 entry fee for the BBQ Competition must be submitted by June 3, and registration information is available online at trenton-il.com or on Facebook at WesclinDARE or TrentonParkBoosters. Ribs and chicken wings will be provided. A $15 wristband allows visitors to partake in the public tasting, which begins at noon, and children 12 and under may sample the barbecue for free. Children’s activities will be available, and music will be provided by The Hair Syndicate.

Teams of three to four people in competitive and co-ed divisions are also being sought for the Wifflepalooza 2k16, presented by Deien Chevrolet. The entry fee is $25 per person or $35 per person to include BBQ tasting. Registration information is available at trenton-il.com.

All proceeds from the June 25 event will allow the DARE program to continue providing resources and equipment for children in grades K-5 in the Wesclin School District. The event is being organized in part by officers from the Trenton Police Department, who are members of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 125.

“We are honored to be members of an organization that allows us to promote an event that provides our DARE officer the resources to educate children in our community and bring our community together,” said Trenton police officer Ryan Olier, one of the event organizers. “I want to thank the State FOP Lodge and President Chris Southwood, as well as Lodge 125, for their continued support of our police department, DARE program, and our community.”

The Fraternal Order of Police, founded in 1915, is the largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers in the United States. With a proud tradition of officers representing officers, the FOP is the most respected and most recognized police organization in the country. The Illinois FOP, chartered in 1963, is the second largest State Lodge, proudly representing more than 32,000 active duty and retired police officers — more than 10 percent of all FOP members nationwide. Visit www.ilfop.org for more information.