On Saturday, the Boone County Cancer Society (BCCS) raised around $89,000 at its 15th annual Battle of the Barbecue. Cooking competitors arrived as early at 7 a.m. to get started smoking their pork loins donated by 7M’s Lebanon IGA.

By the time hungry attendees started lining up, barbecue smoke filled the south end of Memorial Park. Although there was no official headcount of attendees, there was an estimated 2,000 to 2,500 people that came out to support BCCS.

“This was a record year for everything,” BCCS Executive Director Joy Kaylor said.

Kaylor said every year she’s been a part of organizing of the event, she’s always nervous the day leading up to it.

“I’m always sitting there at 4:30 and I’m wondering, what if no one comes this year,” Kaylor said. “And this year, at 3:45, people were lining up to get in.”

She said there are no words to describe how grateful she is for the community’s support.

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