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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.
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.
April 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.
“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.
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
A recent article was written in the Times Gazzette regarding the grant money coming to Rocky Fork Lake. LuAnn Winkle was the driving force behind winning the grant from the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. Since the award in October 2016, project coordinators have decided how monies will be used. According to the article, of the $844,000 – $295,094 will be used for salaries and fringe benefits, $521,554 for consultants and contracts to tackle economic development and crime fighting efforts, $22,714 for travel expenses and $4,136 for supplies. Click here to read the entire article.