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‘Major Sponsor’ for Barbecue Festival

Highland County Board of Commissioners President Shane Wilkin, left, and commissioner Terry Britton are shown in session during Wednesday’s commissioners meeting.

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. Read more here.

Smoke on the Water Continues

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Planning is moving forward for the “Smoke on the Water” barbecue contest set for September at Rocky Fork Lake, according to Highland County Board of Commissioners President Shane Wilkin.

Destiny Bryson, executive director of the Highland County Visitors Bureau, said last week that the new event, set to be held Sept. 23 at the overlook at Rocky Fork Lake, 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. To continue reading click here.

Smoke on the Water: New Event at Rocky Fork Lake

Destiny Bryson, executive director of the Highland County Visitors Bureau, and Highland County Commissioner Jeff Duncan share a chuckle during Wednesday’s meeting of the Highland County Board of Commissioners.

“Smoke on the Water,” a new community event featuring a barbecue contest and canoe and kayak race, is set to be held in September at Rocky Fork Lake, according to Destiny Bryson, executive director of the Highland County Visitors Bureau.

Bryson, who announced the event at a Wednesday meeting of the Highland County Board of Commissioners, said the barbecue contest is sanctioned through the Kansas City Barbecue Society, and will feature as many as 35 professional barbecue teams competing for a shot at the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational. To keep reading click here.

Annual Trout Derby & Fun Shoot, 1st Saturday in April

RFL Rocky Fork Lake Trout DerbyApril 1st is almost here! The Highland County Rod & Gun Club are once again hosting their annual trout derby and fun shoot. Registration starts at 10am and shooting, both bows and arrows and shotguns, for kids age 15 and under, is from 10am to 1pm. The trout derby, also for kids ages 15 and under, runs from 1-4pm in a netted area at the docks. This event has been a community tradition for over 15 years! For more information, call Tim Schlater, president of Highland County Rod & Gun Club at 937-403-5811. Rain date is April 2nd.

“Lake Has Potential to Be More”

Rocky Fork Lake Alliance Ben Sexton

“This spring will mark the 64th anniversary since water first spilled over the Rocky Fork dam in April of 1953…Colonel Walter H. Hutchins was a Cincinnati resident a regular visitor to Highland County. “He and other visitors were drawn to this area by the beauty of the Rocky Fork gorge and The Seven Caves as early as the mid 1800s,” Sexton, the vice president of the RFCA, told the crowd. “Colonel Hutchins was the one who first had the dream of constructing a dam near McCoppin’s Mill and was also the lake’s biggest promoter.”” Rocky Fork Lake was and still is a great place for opportunity! Check out the whole article here.

The Picture: Ben Sexton holds a pair of 1960s era paintings of McCoppin’s Mill and the Rocky Fork dam by late Hillsboro artist Truby Abbott. Sexton said he found both paintings at different yard sales on the same day in the lake area about 30 minutes apart.

“Wilkin, Britton Join Land Bank Board”

Wilkin and Britton Commissoners

A land bank at Rocky Fork Lake was approved October 2016 to take a part of the $800k grant money awarded to the Rocky Fork Lake Area Safety and Advancement Planning Process. “Highland County Board of Commissioners President Shane Wilkin and commissioner Terry Britton will serve on the five member operating board for the newly formed Highland County land bank… Wilkin and Britton will serve on the board alongside the City of Hillsboro’s appointee, Charlie Guarino, Paint Township appointee Randy Mustard and Catherine Allen, who was appointed by Highland County Treasurer Vickie Warnock.” Read More