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Amatuer barbecue cook-off part of car show Saturday

The BBQ Equipment Store in Hampstead will have its first Amateur BBQ Cook-off from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday at Matthews Tire, 1219 N. Main St., Hampstead.

The cook-off will be happening in conjunction with the Fourth Annual Matthews Tire Community Car Show. "We're trying to get people out to enjoy the afternoon. It's all about a little local community and businesses getting together to do something special for the town," Mark Wright, of Matthews Tire, said.

Steve Rogers, the BBQ Equipment Store owner, has been part of a professional barbecue competition team for years, so hosting an amateur competition was a natural progression. "It's something neat to do in the area to jump-start things and get some activities going," Rogers said.

Teams will compete to make the best barbecued ribs and chicken wings.

All food will be made onsite in a 10-by-10 spot, and teams are responsible for bringing their own equipment and food. All food will be inspected before the contest begins to be sure that nothing has been done beforehand.

Former Hampstead mayor and current Carroll County Commissioner Haven Shoemaker, Maryland State Police Capt. Jim DeWees and members of the Hampstead Lions Club will be among those acting as judges.

Ten teams are entered so far. The entry fee is $40 and teams can register through today by calling Rogers at 888-977-4227.

Prizes will be bestowed in the following categories: ribs - first, second and third; chicken wings - first, second and third; and an overall grand champion. Trophies as well as cash prizes will be awarded.

Event proceeds will benefit the North East Social Action Program.

The car show will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Matthews Tire. Bring your antique, classic and hot rod cars to be displayed all around downtown Hampstead. Registration is $10 and goes from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Goodie bags will be provided for the first 50 registrants. Prizes will be awarded in several categories, including people's choice. The awards will be presented at 7 p.m.

St. John's United Methodist Church, 1205 N. Main St., Hampstead, will have eat-in and carryout food available.

Proceeds from this event will also benefit the North East Social Action Program.

For more information, call Mark Wright at 410-374-4844.

The rain date for this event is Sunday.

Big Money Raffle

The Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department is having its first summer Big Money Raffle.

The raffle replaces a LVFD fundraiser tradition: Barnyard Bingo. "After 21 years, the novelty was wearing out ... We've done really well with the Big Money Raffle in the fall so we decided to do one in the summer. Same idea, just less tickets will be sold," John Krebs, a fire company member, said.

There are 2,500 tickets to be sold. Tickets are $5 and each will be printed with four numbers. The drawing will be June 29 at the fire hall, 4224 Main St., Lineboro.

Doors will open at 3 p.m. Winning numbers will be picked beginning at 4 p.m. and every 10 minutes until 8 p.m. The last winning four-number combination will be the same numbers picked for the Maryland State Lottery Pick 4 that night. Televisions will be turned on in the hall as the numbers are selected live.

In addition to the chance to win cash, each $5 ticket holder who comes to the drawing can enjoy a buffet dinner with hot dogs, barbecue, fries, baked beans, salad, potato chips, dessert, beer and soda. Many other games of chance will also be available to play.

Tickets may be purchased at the fire station, R.F. Warner Sons and Village Inn in Lineboro; Dutch Corner Restaurant and Debz Stylz in Manchester; and Sports Wonk in Melrose.

For a full listing of drawing times, amounts and rules, visit http://www.Lineborovfd.org. For more information, call John Krebs at 410-374-2197.

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