Highland News Leader

St. Jacob & Marine News for the week of June 8

Charlie Coghill of Pork Assassin’s Backyard Barbecue Gang puts the finishing touches on his ribs and preps for the lunch time rush at Jakey in June on Sunday.
Charlie Coghill of Pork Assassin’s Backyard Barbecue Gang puts the finishing touches on his ribs and preps for the lunch time rush at Jakey in June on Sunday. amcdonald@bnd.com

Jakey in June winners announced

Hot Mess BBQ from Columbia, Ill., was the overall grand champion at the ninth annual Jakey in June BBQ Competition this weekend in St. Jacob. Oak Street BBQ Co. from Breese was the reserve grand champion. Oak Street BBQ was also reserve champion last year.

There were 35 teams competing at this year’s Jakey in June.

Cackle and Oink BBQ from Sherman, Texas, came the farthest to compete — over 600 miles. Cackle and Oink restaurant is run by Highland native Aaron Vogel. The team won second place in pork and first place in ribs.

There were nine events judged, making for 109 judging positions. All events were judged by persons trained by St. Louis BBQ Society judges Richard and Susan Schmidt.

Unlike other barbecue contests, Jakey in June allows competitors to sell their wares to the public. Eleven teams sold more than $22,000 in barbecue over the three-day festival.

Jakey in June organizers raise funds through business sponsorships and beverage sales. Each year, profits are used for a civic improvement. Last year, funds were used to purchase a new electronic marquee for St. Jacob Elementary at a cost of about $15,000. This year, money has been earmarked to remodel the kitchen in the St. Jacob Activity Center. (The Lions Club has already committed to remodeling the building’s restrooms.) This year’s profits have yet to be tallied.

The festival also hosts a barbecue class each year for those interested in becoming pit masters. This was the fourth year Memphis in May BBQ champion Quito McKenna has traveled from Florida to teach the class, which participants pay $75 to take. There were about 45 people taking the class this year.

Pamphlet gives info on self-guided history tour of Marine

The Marine Historical Society has selected 10 historic homes (100-plus years old) for a driving tour in Marine. A pamphlet has been made as a guide and for information about these homes. The pamphlets are now available at the Marine Bradford Bank and the Marine Coin Co. The tour can be done at your leisure.

Marine Historical Society compiling list of veterans

The Marine Historical Society and the Becker-Reding Post 702 American Legion of Marine have combined efforts to honor all veterans from the Marine area. A list of all veterans (living and deceased) is in the process of being compiled. If anyone knows of any veteran from the area, call (618) 972-0725.

Marine Library Board to meet

The next Marine Library Board meeting will be July 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Marine Library. The public is invited.

Volunteers needed for hot air balloon event

The “Hot Air Balloons Over Marine” Committee of the Historical Society is seeking volunteers to help with the many children’s activities and operations of this grass roots event. To volunteer, contact Bill Weder at 887-2008 or (618) 530-5809.

St. Jacob UCC events

Wednesday, June 8: St. Jacob Sunday School Teacher’s Meeting 7 p.m.

St. Jacob Church Council Meeting 7:15 p.m.

A A 8 p.m. in St. Jacob

Sunday: Sunday School and Worship at St. John 8:45 a.m.

Wednesday, June 15: St. John Sunday School Teacher’s Meeting 7 p.m.

Worship at St. Jacob 10:15 a.m.

Kelten Mannle Baptism at St. Jacob after worship

St. John Church Council Meeting 7:30 p.m.

A A 8 p.m. in St. Jacob

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