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My Hood Needz Me hosts barbecue cook-off and fun fest

A barbecue cook-off and fun fest hosted by the Elkhart community improvement group My Hood Needz Me is set for Aug. 31, the Sunday of Labor Day weekend.

The cook-off is open to Elkhart residents over 18. There is a $25 entry fee.

Chicken quarters and full-slab pork ribs will be provided for the cooks, but competitors should bring their own cooking equipment. Sauce can be used at the contestant’s discretion.

The fest will run 2 to 8 p.m. August 31 in Historic Roosevelt Center Park and will include a 3-on-3 basketball tournament as well as local food vendors.

Festivities will also feature a Gospel tribute concert, with singers including My Hood Needz Me founder Jermaine Sanders. 

My Hood Needz Me is an organization founded by Elkhart pastor Jermaine Sanders, which he “designed to unify people to see their own personal value and use it to improve the condition of their community/city.”

Barbecue competitors can register online or mail their registration to My Hood Needz Me at 3521 E. Jackson Blvd, Elkhart.

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