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Firin’ Up the Fox to join national food drive

Published: Thursday, June 5, 2014 10:48 p.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – Food donations will be collected during this year's Firin' Up the Fox BBQ Contest and Festival in St. Charles, according to a news release.

The festival will participate in the Kansas City Barbeque Society's 100KCBS Meals Mission by collecting food contributions for the hungry. Firin' Up the Fox will be July 11 to 13 at the former St. Charles mall property near Route 38 and Randall Road.

The mission goal is help feed the homeless and hungry throughout the U.S. with 100,000 meals over the next 12 months. Festival attendees can bring nonperishable food items to donate to the mission.

Teams competing at the festival will cook an extra pork butt, provided by the society from event sponsor Blue Goose Market in St. Charles, according to the release. The pork butts and donated food items will be distributed to local charities, including the Lazarus House in St. Charles.

"By the very nature of our size and collection of food enthusiasts, we have an obvious opportunity to make a difference in America's hunger crisis," Carolyn Wells, the society's executive director, said, according to the release.

The society by April 30, 2015, expects to donate more than 3,200 pork butts, or the equivalent of 100,000 meals, to the mission, the release stated.

The Kansas City Barbeque Society is the largest organization of BBQ enthusiasts in the world, with almost 20,000 members and more than 425 sanctioned BBQ events in its network, including Firin' Up the Fox.

For information regarding the event, visit www.firinupthefox.com or call 630-233-4746.

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