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Step up for some BBQ, soldiers at backyard cook-off

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Step Up For Soldiers Backyard BBQ Cook-Off will kick off Saturday in Carolina Beach. Step Up For Soldiers Backyard BBQ Cook-Off will kick off Saturday in Carolina Beach.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Amidst the chilly comes the hot and spicy as 30 BBQ grilling masters come to Carolina Beach to compete in the annual Step Up For Soldiers Backyard BBQ Cook-Off.

The Competition will start with a level playing field Saturday: everyone will have the same meats, be in the same location and have the same time constraints.

Thrown into the mix will be individual rubs, sauces or marinades, grill temperatures and methods of cooking that will leave someone going home with bragging' rights for the next year.

The cook-off will be held at the lake in Carolina Beach at the junction of Lake Park Blvd. and Atlanta Avenue.

Everyone is welcome and admission is free! Tickets can be purchased to sample the BBQs after the double-blind judging is completed.

There will be music, raffles, arts and craft vendors and additional food and drink for purchase. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and prizes will be awarded at 4:00 p.m. all to benefit Step Up For Soldiers.

Step Up For Soldiers is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of our disabled veterans and their families.

Step Up For Soldiers was started in November 2004 by Tom Russell, a retired Port Authority police officer and Vietnam Vet.

His intent was to assist wounded soldiers who were sent overseas in response to the 9/11 terrorist attack and he began with building wheelchair ramps for two soldiers who returned home paralyzed from the waist down.

The organization has increased from a single person to a small family of nine dedicated volunteers and continues to develop as it grows. Russell's goal is to help as many families of active and non-active duty soldiers as possible in the Fort Bragg to Camp Lejeune areas by modifying homes and providing other services to veteran and active duty soldiers.

The live music line up includes:
  • The Cut
  • Beachbilly Brothers
  • Machine Gun

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