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Barbecue festival presents numbers, plans

BY CORIANNE EGAN cegan@paducahsun.com

With eight months to go before Paducah's Barbecue on the River Festival, organizers presented their plan for the event's 20th anniversary.

Festival executive director David Boggs presented the festival's ins-and-outs to the Paducah City Commission Tuesday night, showing off 2013's fundraising totals as well. Donations from the 42 barbecue teams to their respective charities totaled $448,228.

The charities receive money directly through the barbecue teams, Boggs detailed. At the end of the festival, teams fill out an accountability form telling the festival's organizers what they donated. Booths donate different amounts to their charities - some give percentages of profits, others give a flat fee, and some donate all proceeds - but organizers recommend 20 percent.

"The charities and barbecuers handle the money themselves," Boggs said. "The money does not come through the festival."

Last year, the festival brought in $138,220. Of that, 29 percent came from fees and administrative costs charged to barbecue teams and food vendors. The other 71 percent was money made from non-participants. Barbecue organizers said net expenses were $108,710, leaving the festival $29,510.

The festival will be kicking off this year in May with an event to draw attention to the 20th anniversary celebration. The festival is scheduled for Sept. 25-27.

In other business, City Manager Jeff Pederson announced that a consultant hired to review the city and county's emergency communications center has completed his report. The report will be shown to city and county officials at meetings Tuesday.

Contact Corianne Egan, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8652 or follow @CoriEgan on Twitter.

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