Foothills Fair to feature ‘pitmasters’
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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Officials with the 11th annual Foothills Country Fair have released a schedule of events for the opening on Friday.

The main attraction is the Kansas City Barbecue Society Backyard BBQ Bash, but music, photo opportunities and other events are slated, according to Louie and Nancy Alford.

American celebrity chef and champion barbecue guru Myron Mixon and his crew of BBQ pitmasters will be taking part in the bash.

Mixon is a part of Destination America “BBQ Pitmasters.” The show began on The Learning Channel (also known as TLC).

One unique twist to Mixon’s crew being a part of the KCBBQ Bash is that local pitmaster Bill Wheeler will also be there.

Wheeler is a member of the Jack’s Old South World Champion BBQ Team.

Admission to the fair is inexpensive. Cost is $5 per day for ages 6 and up, and children under 5 get in free.

Games, blow-up toys, stick horse races, Big Wheel races, a petting zoo and other activities will keep children and their parents busy.

There will be plenty of vendors on hand preparing specialty foods.

Friday evening’s list of events includes:

- Set up for the Backyard BBQ Bash.

- Convertibull Party Band at 7 p.m.

- Dagger Blue Band at 8:15 p.m.

- The Collins Brothers Band at 9:30 p.m.

On Saturday, gates for the Foothills Country Fair open at 10 a.m.

The Check-into-Cash Cashdales will be appearing at the fair beginning at noon. The horses are gentle Clydesdales and have “big personalities.”

Prior to joining the Check-Into-Cash family, the horses were involved in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and escorted Prince Will and Duchess Kate. They made their first appearance in Cleveland in 2011 at the MainStreet Christmas Parade.

According to Nancy Alford, their appearance provides a great opportunity for children to visit and have a photo opportunity with the famous Clydesdales.

Also, the KCBS will be smoking pork to donate to local kitchens and canned food donations for the Caring Place will be accepted at the fair.

“With almost 20,000 members and more than 425 sanctioned barbecue events in its network, KCBS is the largest organization of barbecue enthusiasts in the world.

By using its volunteers, judges, cook teams and event organizers, the nonprofit society will be providing fully cooked, world-class pork butts and other nonperishable food items to food banks and other charitable entities coast to coast, border to border,” according to officials with KCBS.

Gates for the Foothills Country Fair open at Tri-State Exhibition Center at 4 p.m. Friday.