Burgoo Festival, cook-off set for this weekend

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By Ben Carlson

Jesse Sanford has something up his sleeve for this year’s Burgoo Cook-off, but the two-time defending champion isn’t revealing any secrets.
Scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lawrenceburg Green, this year’s cook-off will feature Sanford’s team from Four Roses, archrivals from Wild Turkey and Atmos Energy, along with newcomers from Farmers Bank and Dudley Darnell and Dudley Darnell Jr. with Darnell’s Old Timey Burgoo.
All proceeds from the cook-off will again be donated to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office’s Shop With a Cop program, which provides Christmas gifts to children in need.
The cook-off is just one of the highlights of this year’s Burgoo Festival, scheduled from Friday through Sunday in Lawrenceburg.
Festival president Diane Wells said she expects a great turnout for the annual events, which features live entertainment, games for adults and children and dozens of vendors selling a variety of items.
Sanford, along with cook-off partner Jeff Royalty, is being tight-lipped about the booth they are planning for this year’s event, but hinted it will be their best yet.
Wild Turkey, which gave Four Roses a strong run for last year’s championship before running out of burgoo with about an hour left, has vowed to up its game even higher this year, and representatives from Atmos Energy have vowed to do the same.
Again this year, judges for the cook-off will be those willing to pay $1 to sample each team’s burgoo. Judges will score the burgoo on a scale of 1 to 10, and also give a score for each team’s booth display. The team with the highest number of points is declared the champions and receives a custom-made trophy donated by Anderson County-based Events Imaging and Awards.
The festival will have plenty of company this weekend, including the annual Civil War re-enactment in the county park, beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and the Kentucky Truck Pullers Association’s event at Eagle Lake Convention Center.
The Burgoo Festival will including some new events, including an iron skillet throwing contest scheduled for Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Lawrenceburg Green, and a “Do You Know Your Husband” contest from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the burgoo stage, located adjacent to the Lawrenceburg Green.
That event, Wells said, will require wives to correctly identify their husbands by looking only at their feet.
The Senior Center will hold its annual pancake breakfast fundraiser from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

You be the judge
All are welcome to help judge this year’s Burgoo Cook-off. For a $1 donation, judges can sample each team’s burgoo, ranking it and each team’s booth on a scale of 1 to 10. The team that accumulates the most points, wins.

2013 Burgoo Festival schedule


Friday, Sept. 27

7-11 a.m., Pancake breakfast (Senior Citizens Center)

5-5:30 p.m., Farm Bureau Talent winners (Burgoo stage)

6 p.m., The Winds of Yesterday Band with Bill Flora (in front of courthouse)

7 p.m., The Sweet Beats (Beatles cover band) sponsored by Farmers Bank and Capital Trust Co., summer concert series, Lawrenceburg Green


Saturday, Sept. 28

9 a.m., 5K Run/Walk for Sight (Lions Club pavilion, Anderson Co. park), contact Burt Paden at 600-2661.

9-9:15 a.m., Judging of quilt block entries (Burgoo stage)

9 a.m. to 3 p.m., National Guard display (Senior Citizens Center)

9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Quilt display(First Presbyterian Church parking lot, corner of Main and Woodford Streets)

10 a.m., Pumpkin painting at First Presbyterian Church parking lot, corner of Main and Woodford Streets

10:30 a.m., Burgoo proclamations, Mayor Edwinna Baker and state Rep. Kim King, (Burgoo stage)

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Children’s games (Lawrenceburg Green)

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Burgoo Cook-Off, sponsored by The Anderson News (Lawrenceburg Green)

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Burgoo games: Iron skillet throwing contest (Lawrenceburg Green); Do you know your husband? (Burgoo stage)

12-4 p.m., Corn hole tournament, amateurs only (Lawrenceburg Green)

1 p.m., Fastest kid in Anderson County, race and awards (Main Street), contact Burt Paden at 600-2661.

1-3 p.m., Elvis tribute by Billy Kelly of Lexington, sponsored by Edmondson Plumbing and Heating Inc., Heritage Hall and YKK Snap Fasteners, America Inc. (Burgoo stage)

2 p.m., Civil War Re-enactment (Anderson County community park)

2-5 p.m., Spellabration community spelling bee, sponsored by Anderson Adult Education. Contact Jerry Shaw at 502-839-3754 or 502-517-6520 (First Christian Church).

3:15-3:45 p.m., Scott Brown karate (Burgoo stage)

3 p.m., Bingo sponsored by Bill’s Detailing (Senior Citizens Center)

5 p.m., The Winds of Yesterday band with Bill Flora (in front of courthouse)

5-5:15 p.m., Judging of Burgoo pots (Burgoo stage)

5:45-6:45 p.m., Karaoke, children 8-14, sponsored by Monarch Engineering Inc. (Burgoo stage)

7 p.m., Patriotic service, sponsored by Birdwhistell Realty and Auction Company (Burgoo stage)

8-8:30 p.m., 20-year music tribute and ‘50s/’60s show sponsored by Paul Thomas Vaughn (Burgoo stage)

8:30-10 p.m., Karaoke, adults 15 and up, sponsored by Hawkins Construction (Burgoo stage)


Sunday, Sept. 29

9:30-10:30 a.m., Church service, Alton Christian Church (Burgoo stage)

11 a.m., Vendors open

12-1:15 p.m., New Vision gospel singers (Lawrenceburg Green stage)

2 p.m., Civil War re-enactment (Anderson County community park)

1:30 p.m., Baby, Toddlers, Wee Miss/Mister, Tiny Miss/Mister, Young Miss/Mister, Pre-Teen Miss, Teen Miss and Miss Burgoo pageants sponsored by Anderson Co. Farm Bureau Federation, Century Bank and Ritchie and Peach Funeral Home, Inc. (Burgoo stage) For information, call 502-598-7851 or 502-680-5487.

1:30-2 p.m., Registration for Pedal Tractor Pull (in front of Town & Country bank)

2 p.m., Pedal Tractor Pull sponsored by Bobby Hume and the Lawrenceburg city fire department (in front of Town & Country bank)

No animals are allowed at the Burgoo festival. Local merchants will be open during the festival, and attendees can bring a lawn chair to enjoy the festival, event organizers said.