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Ellis Foundation to benefit from MW BBQ festival

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By Mary Barczak

 Very soon the Mount Washington community will be coming together for a day of fun lickin’ fun, but also to benefit a good cause.

The city will host the 1st Annual Mount Washington BBQ Festival Sept. 28 from 2 to 9 p.m. at the First Baptist Church parking lot. The church is located at 320 N. Bardstown Road.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Jason Ellis Foundation. Ellis, a Bardstown police officer, was killed on May 25 when he got out of his cruiser to remove debris from the road. Officials believe the branches were placed in the road on purpose. His case is still under investigation.

Mount Washington Mayor Joetta Calhoun said Dan Kelty and Tim Morris approached her about wanting to help Ellis’ family.

 “It seemed like a great idea to me,” she said.

Kelty, a Mount Washington Police Officer and one of the coordinators of the event, said he thought it was the right thing to do.

“We’re so close (to Bardstown) we’re like neighbors,” he said.

Kelty said he has notified the Bardstown police chief about the event even though they already have another event scheduled that day also for the foundation’s benefit.

Live entertainment starts at 2 p.m. along with a cornhole tournament. Winner of the tournament will receive $100. There will also be jumpys available for the children.

The barbecue contest begins at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $50. Contestants must be 21 or older to participate. Electric and water will be provided to them and entries must be received by Sept. 21.

The three categories are chicken, ribs and Boston butt. The winner of each category will receive a plaque. In order to be eligible for the grand champion prize of $500, one must enter all three categories. The judging will be at 6 p.m.

Kelty said the Bullitt County judges will be judging the barbecue contest.

Contestants will also have some of their product for sale.

Those interested in renting a booth at the event for $20 can contact Kelty at 588-5182 or visit the MW Facebook page or MW police Facebook page for the form.