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Rotary plans cook-off, cow patty bingo event

September 14, 2005

The Williamsport Rotary barbecue cook-off and Purple Cow Patty Bingo event is planned for Saturday on the grounds of The Improved Order of Red Men Conococheague Tribe 84 south of Williamsport on Md. 68 (Lappans Road).

Opening ceremonies by the Williamsport Starlettes will be at 11 a.m., according to Bonnie Errico, club president.

Entertainment will be provided by Roadside Cafe, a regional bluegrass band.

There will be children's games and activities provided by a local Girl Scout troop, which will be using this as a fundraiser.

A silent auction, food and beverage sales will continue through the day. Some of the items available at the auction include a two-day stay in Nashville, Tenn., an autographed picture of Martina McBride, dinners, movie tickets, spa treatments, baskets, gold, hunting certificates, a gas card, furniture and other items.

The cook-off will feature several amateur and professional contestants. Professionals are determined by someone on the team making a living in some way by food preparation. The amateurs are usually individuals and church groups.

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Professionals can be judged on either beef, chicken or pork, Errico said.

Amateur category awards are $100 and a plaque for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.

Professional category awards include $150 and a plaque for first prize, $100 second prize and $50 third prize. In addition, there will be a people's choice award in each category based on public tasting and voting.

Judges for the barbecue cook-off will include Jim Kercheval, Lou Scally and Tim Rowland.

A Harley-Davidson poker run will start and end at the cook-off, Errico said.

The barbecue will be judged at 3 p.m., and the silent auction winners will be announced at 4 p.m.

The cows for the Purple Cow Patty Bingo are being released at 4 p.m. The first cow to find a winning square will earn the owner of that square $250; the second cow, $750; and the third cow, $1,000.

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