Little Rock Campground Hosts Fundraiser Barbecue

May 13, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

The 7th Annual Buzz-B-Q, hosted by KABZ 103.7 The Buzz and presented by Doublebee’s, will be held on Saturday (May 14) from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the North Little Rock RV Park, the Arkansas Times reported. The Buzz-B-Q barbeque and music festival benefits the Arkansas Professional Firefighters Camp Sunshine.

“Camp Sunshine is an annual four-day camp for pediatric burn survivors completely funded by The Arkansas Professional Firefighters and is free for the camper,” said Capt. Mark Warford, president of IAFF Local #35. “By partnering with The Buzz on Buzz-B-Q, we are able to help fund this camp and assist the kids’ transition from being a burn victim to burn survivor through fun activities with other kids who are going through a similar situation.”

Camp Sunshine is held every August at Camp Aldersgate. Counselors and volunteers are firefighters, adult burn survivors and Arkansas Children’s Hospitals personnel such as their Burn Center nurses. Volunteers participate in many activities with campers including fishing, swimming, canoeing, arts and crafts, a dance and even a trip to Magic Springs.

“The atmosphere is relaxed and happy. Kids can catch up with old friends and meet new ones, all having survived the same devastating experience,” said Warford. “We get as much out of the camp as the kids themselves. It brings it home, and to the heart, as to why we do the job we do.”

Tickets to Buzz-B-Q are on sale now. The public can buy one ticket for $10 and get one free at participating ticket locations before Buzz-B-Q. Ticket locations can be found on Tickets are $10 a person at the door on the day of the event. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

Over 90 local BBQ teams will compete in the Twin City Tractor Fiser Kubota BBQ Contest for $5,000 in cash and prizes in the categories of pork, ribs and chicken. Forty-five teams are competing in the Average Joe Division for the laid-back griller. Forty-seven teams are competing in the more serious Pro Division.

“The first year of Buzz-B-Q, we had 17 teams compete in the BBQ contest. Seven years later, we are just amazed that we have 92 teams competing, all from Arkansas. It’s definitely become the event to kick-off the summer,” said Steve Jonsson, general manager of 103.7 The Buzz. “The Local 35 Firefighters have been a valued partner in Buzz-B-Q over the years, and we are proud to be able help bring more funding to Camp Sunshine.”

Half of the teams will be handing out free samples of their barbeque to the public. These teams will be competing for the People’s Choice Award that will be judged by a random sampling of Buzz-B-Q attendees. Teams will also be voted on for a showmanship prize for originality of the BBQ team space. Teams handing out free samples and participating in the showmanship contest will be recognized by signs located in their BBQ team space.

Local live music will be featured all day on the Bryant Music Center Stage by Josh Green, The Moses Tucker Band, Jeff Coleman and the Feeders, Taylor Made Rocks and Canvas. There is a Wendy’s Kids Zone area complete with rock wall and the Bryant Brake and Tire Buzzaritaville will have food, drinks and entertainment for the whole family. KABZ personalities Tommy Smith, David Bazzel, Roger Scott, Justin Acri and Pat Bradley will help emcee the event.

The night before, the Buzz is hosting a Kick-off to Buzz-B-Q party from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the RV park that is free to the public. Buzzaritaville will be open and there will be local live music by Steele Jessup, Breaking Eden and Sharpe Dunaway and the Meanies. The Kick-off Party is sponsored by Fleet Management Services.

The 7th Annual Buzz-B-Q is presented by Doublebee’s and sponsored by Fence Brokers, Gravely Mowers, Centennial Bank, Antique Brick Outdoors and the Fish Tank.


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