"Cookin' on the Coosa" set for Saturday in Wetumpka

WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) - The Elmore County Community Foundation's "Cookin' On The Coosa" event is set for Saturday. The barbeque cook-off will take place in Wetumpka in conjunction with the Bassmaster Elite Series Tournament weigh-in.

Both professional and amateur cooking teams will compete in up to three categories: chicken, pork and ribs, with the overall winner in each division to be determined by total points in all categories.

Winners will also be selected for each category in both divisions.

The overall winning team in the professional division will take home a $500 cash prize and bragging rights as the "Best Cooks On The Coosa".

A $300 cash prize will be awarded to the overall amateur winner.

Winners for each category will also receive cash prizes.

Judging will begin at 1 p.m. in the area behind City Hall on Main Street in Wetumpka.

Wristbands are available to the public for $10 per person to sample the entries beginning at 2 p.m.

Cooking teams from as far away as Huntsville have expressed interest in competing in "Cookin' On The Coosa" according to Burton Ward, development director of Central Alabama Community Foundation of which ECCF is an affiliate.

"This will be the first year that the foundation has organized this type of fund raising event for Elmore County and we're really excited by the response and feedback we've gotten thus far," Ward said.

"We think the timing and location in conjunction with the Bassmaster weigh-in in Wetumpka will be a big draw, making it a fun event for the entire community."

Wristbands will be available on a first come, first served basis at the gate on July 23.

All proceeds from the event will be returned to Elmore County through Elmore County Community Foundation's 2012 Community Grants. ECCF's annual grants program offers area nonprofits an opportunity to apply for program support in the areas of education, health and human services, historic preservation and cultural arts.

Since 1997, the foundation has distributed more than $1.1 million dollars in grants and scholarships

INFORMATION SOURCE: The Elmore County Community Foundation's