"BBQ on the River" Helping Others

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By Matt Rudkin

PADUCAH, KY - The grills were fired up Thursday morning and will stay on until Saturday evening. Chicken, pulled pork and baby back ribs were part of the menu at the 17th annual "BBQ on the River" charity fundraiser event in Paducah. The proceeds raised will from the sale of the BBQ will go to area charities, and event organizers are happy to be a part.

Over 45,000 people will be in Paducah this weekend for "BBQ on the River." Coordinator David Boggs says while you're eating world-famous barbecue, you're also supporting dozens of charities. "Last year, we raised over $400,000 for 75 different local charities, and in the process we consumed over 80,000 pounds of pork and chicken," says Boggs. "It's a great feeling."

Forty-two barbecue teams have set up stations along Paducah's riverfront. Events include a rib eating contest, live music, and even a people's choice award for best BBQ. Area grill masters are excited for the event.

Even if you're not a fan of barbecue, there are plenty of other options. "There's deep fried twinkies, deep fried oreos, there's cheesecake on a stick… there are all kinds of different things to try if barbecue is not your forte," says Bernie Bass, a volunteer cook for the Buzzard Brothers.

"BBQ on the river" will continue through Saturday evening in downtown Paducah.
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