Boyd Real Estate team members Joe Krim, Erin Freel and Joel Bockoras served as judges for the BBQ contest at the 2023 Southeastern Youth Fair.

This was the largest participation ever for the BBQ contest. The young 4-H and FFA members were judged on their preparation, fire-starting skills, recipe, and presentation among other aspects. The judges gave the contestants high marks for their skills and presentation.

From the SEYF:

Great BBQ and Mr. Baillie go hand-in-hand here in Marion County, which is why it just made sense to name the Southeastern Youth Fair BBQ Contest after Mr. Baillie when it began 17 years ago. Mr. Baillie was a retired County Agent and was well known for his support of the youth of Marion County. There are four different classes in the contest: Beef, Pork, Poultry, and Other. Each contestant has a 2.5-hour time limit to prepare the finished entrée. They are judged on appearance and cleanliness of the cook, timing, skill in starting and controlling the fire, skill in barbecuing, sanitation and cleanliness, quality of the finished dish, cleanup of the area, and their recipe. You won’t want to miss the creativity and skill displayed by these young people!