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Tri-States BBQ Festival Meeting

After the success of the inaugural tri-state barbecue festival, organizers met in Dothan Thursday to discuss possible improvements for next year's event.

The festival turned a profit of more than 1,500 dollar, all of which will be used as seed money for next year's event.

Some of the possible improvements suggested include increasing the number of volunteers and giving festival-goers some place to escape the heat.

There was also some criticism of not enough BBQ for people to buy at the festival. But organizers say that's because the main BBQ vendor had a medical emergency and had to back out at the last minute.

The chairwoman of the festival says one goal is to reduce the length of the lines people waited in to sample and vote on entries in the best BBQ category.

"Yes, we see there is a lot of room for improvement. I know there is a lot of room for improvement in our Kelley’s people’s choice because we didn't have a clue and that was humongous. That was probably one of the biggest things at the event."

The committee is expected to settle on a date for next year's festival in the next month.


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