Highland County Board of Commissioners President Shane Wilkin announced Wednesday that an upcoming barbecue contest and festival set for September at Rocky Fork Lake has a new “major headline sponsor.”
Wilkin had mentioned the sponsorship at a recent Ohio Department of Natural Resources ceremony at Rocky Fork Lake.
Wilkin said more information on the sponsor will be forthcoming, adding that the name of the event has been changed from “Smoke on the Water” to “Smoke in the Hills” due to copyright issues.
According to Destiny Bryson, executive director of the Highland County Visitors Bureau, the event is set to be held Sept. 23 at the Overlook at Rocky Fork Lake.
The event is sanctioned through the Kansas City Barbecue Society, and will feature professional barbecue teams competing for a shot at the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational.
The event will also feature a military static display, obstacle course and canoe and kayak races.
Also Wednesday, the commissioners congratulated Sgt. Bobby Stroop on his retirement from the Highland County Sheriff’s Office. Stroop served as the DARE officer for the sheriff’s office for more than 10 years.
The commissioners also renewed contracts with the Highland County Child Support Enforcement Agency, declared the week of May 21-27 Emergency Medical Services Week and declared May 20 PFC Zachary R. Gullett Day.
As previously reported by The Times-Gazette, the annual PFC Zachary R. Gullett Memorial Trust Dinner will be held this year on Saturday, May 20, from 4-7 p.m. at VFW Post 9094, located at 1000 W. Main St. in Hillsboro.
Named for PFC Zachary R. Gullett, who died on May 1, 2007, the memorial trust previously presented scholarships to students at Hillsboro High School. Now the memorial trust looks for ways to help the local community via law enforcement or veterans affairs.
Commissioners also held a bid opening for Lovers Lane and passed routine financial resolutions.
The regular commissioners meeting scheduled for June 7 will instead be held June 9.
Reach David Wright at 937-402-2570, or on Twitter @DavidWrighter.
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