Barbecue Brings Awareness to Mental Health

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The first annual barbecue for mental health awareness event got off to a great start.

There were over 40 vendors, rides and fun for the kids, and not too mention the the big barbecue cook-off.This barbeque cook-off consisted of some of the world's most famous barbeque with judges sampling the taste the south is known for.

Steve Stolk from Brandon won the grand championship in Mississippi three years ago with his ribs and is very confident. But, all of the different competitors who participated in the event were first class in every way, right down to the table setting.

Eight of the nine teams are in the top 25 in the United States barbecuing out here, so we got the top of the top barbecuing out here," CMRC Executive Director Debbie Ferguson said. "All this is to raise money for individuals that we serve that have mental illness and to increase awareness about mental illness."

"Next year, it's gonna be bigger and better," Senator Terry C. Burton said. "But, we are glad it's going on and a great way to raise awareness of mental health issues."

For questions or concerns about mental health, you can contact Central Mississippi Residential Center at 601-683-4280.