The Seventh-Annual Smokin’ Hot Veterans Rib Cookoff was Saturday at American Legion Post 99. Nine judges scored over 47 entries in the competition. Ribs were identified by a letter, so that the judges had no clue who the BBQ chefs were as they graded the tenderness, taste, and appearance. Close to 200 were served for the dinner after the competition was held.

Ryan Parker, of the Sons of the American Legion and one of the organizers of the event, thanked sponsors and announced winners Saturday evening. Funds raised are used throughout the year for schools, the St. James Veterans’ Home, benefits, disabled veterans, scholarships, and more.