ADA – Calling all cooks.

The Ada Lions Club is hosting a Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned cook-off June 15-16 in Ada, the first State Championship “Pigs Can Fly” BBQ Cook-Off.

This event will be held in conjunction with the fourth annual Ada Air Expo, which has been approved as a centennial event for the state of Oklahoma.

The Ray Stout Memorial Air Expo and Warbird Fly-in began in 2004 as a tribute to Stout, who flew in World War II, and aviators from other wars where Oklahomans and others fought to preserve freedom.

The air expo includes many stunts and performances to delight the crowd at the Ada Municipal Airport and admission is free for this special centennial event.

Area cooks are invited to participate as contestants in the barbecue cook-off. If they enter all four categories, they can qualify to compete for the grand championship and $1,000. If they enter only one category, they can compete for $200 and a trophy.

Anyone interested in entering the competition should go to the Ada Air Expo Website at www.adaairexpo.com and follow the link for rules, regulations and official entry forms. Entry forms are also available at Vision Bank in Ada.

“Now’s your chance to enter your recipe against professionals,” said Mary Krause, president of the Ada Lions Club and chairman of the barbecue cook-off. “ Just think of the challenge and fun of competing against such entries as ‘Connoisseurs of Fine Swine,’ ‘Smokin’ Beaver Barbecue,’ ‘Iron Will Cookers,’ and others.”

Major categories include ribs, pork, chicken and brisket. First place winner in each category receives $200 and a trophy. Second place receives $100 and a trophy. Third place receives $50 and a trophy. Fourth and fifth places receive $25 and a trophy and sixth through 10th places receive ribbons.

Contestants can also compete for a taster’s choice award, which is selected by popular vote.

Contestants can also enter their recipes in the “anything butt” and “dessert” categories. Winners will receive cash awards.

“Our local Lions Club supports the Lions Eye Bank and the Lions Club Boys Ranch, among many other things, but primarily provides much-needed eye exams and eye glasses to local residents in need,” Krause said.

“Come out to the air show and barbecue cook-off and enjoy the food and entertainment. You can also purchase barbecue cook-off and air show T-shirts, marking this great centennial event.”

Certified judges and local dignitaries will also help judge the cook-off.

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