The 27th edition of the Blevins Community Barbecue, which benefits the Arkansas Children's Hospital, may have been a record breaker Saturday.
According to Don Honea, one of the organizers of the event, by approximately 7 p.m. they had served 600 people and the event wasn't over. The benefit raised approximately $11,000 this year, and according to Honea, which is an all-time high for the event.
A wide variety of entertainment kept toes tapping and fingers snapping while attendees ate. Music from the Rafter J Cowboy Church Band, the Bear Creek Boys, and Garrett Memorial Quartet, as well as a solo act, entertained the near record crowd.
The menu consisted of barbecued chicken, brisket, and pork, with sides of beans, cole slaw, and potato salad. A cake auction was also held at the event.
“We get everything donated as far as food is concerned and the ladies of the different churches make the desserts, so what we make at the barbecue is what we send to the Arkansas Children's Hospital,” Honea said. “One half of the proceeds goes to the burn unit and the other half goes to the kids' unit.”
Members of area churches also donate their time to help serve and clean also. Churches participating in this year's event included Union Grove Baptist Church, Marlbrook Baptist Church, Bell's Chapel Nazarene Church, Word of Faith Church, Midway Methodist Church, Pleasant Springs Baptist Church, Friendship United Methodist Church, Avery's Chapel United Methodist Church, and Bruce Memorial United Methodist Church.
“I just want to thank all the area businesses and the area churches for your help in cooking, serving, and clean up,” Honea said. “Without ya'll, we couldn't put this benefit on and the Arkansas Children's Hospital wouldn't get these much-needed funds every year.”