James Rada, Jr.
(8/7) Alan Fitzgerald of Fairfield spent
hours over the grill at the 2nd Annual
Emmitsburg Mayor’s BBQ on Aug. 2, slathering
chickens with his secret sauces.
His father-in-law, Lindy Angleberger took a
deep breath of the spicy aroma and said, “I
used to weigh 123 pounds until he had me taste
all his recipes.”
“That was when you were in sixth grade,”
Fitzgerald said, meaning that was the last
time his father-in-law weighed 123 pounds.
Both men laughed at the good-natured
teasing, which is part of the attraction of
the barbeque competition. The grillers bring
their grills and sauces, but they also bring
their friends and family to sit around the
grill laughing and talking.
“We’re just here for the bragging rights,”
said Dave Fisher, another of the 12
competitors at the barbeque.
Dave Nash with Pot Belly Barbeque in
Taneytown competes around the mid-Atlantic
with his chicken.
“This is a different competion,” Nash said.
“They’re grilling. We’re smoking, but we’re
here to have fun.”
Everyone was also there to help raise money
for the Emmitsburg Mayor’s Scholarship Fund,
which Mayor James Hoover started last year.
The goal is to make the fund self-perpetuating
so that it can help an Emmitsburg student with
college expenses year after year.
“There are more vendors this year and the
feedback I got prior to this was that people
are really looking forward to it,” Hoover
The chickens were judged anonymously and
Upcounty Center won the title of “2008
Emmitsburg Grand Griller.”
Bob Hance with the Carriage House Inn said
he is hoping to use the winning recipe for a
boneless chicken entrée at the restaurant.
Winners of the
2008 Mayor’s BBQ
- Grand Griller: UpCounty Center
- 2nd Place Randy Hall
- 3rd Place: David Fisher