2014 BBQ & Huckster’s Day Memories

2014 marked the first year the Butler Chamber of Commerce combined the long-standing Huckster’s Day with the annual state BBQ competition. In previous years the BBQ competition was held at the fairgrounds. The Chamber board believed these events could be even better together, especially if held on Butler’s downtown historic square. The response from BBQ competitors, judges, vendors and volunteers was phenomenal, and the crowds filled the square throughout the event.

Butler water tower


kettle corn

bite - Kenzie Campbell father Scott

All the ingredients were right for a fun day.

Dog Best in Show

Huckster’s Day Dog Contest awarded this beauty, Marilyn Monroe, as best in show.

babies 0-6 mos

The Baby Show has always drawn a crowd.

1st - under 16

This young girl sang “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”and tied for first place in the talent show.

tug of war

All the old Huckster’s Day traditions were observed.

sack races

Kiss the pig

The local grocery store owner, Mike Massey of Massey’s Countrymart, was elected to Kiss the Pig.

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Butler’s Nostalgia Band

Connie White

Connie White’s School of Dance

bbq smoker

Meanwhile, the smokers smoked…

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grand champ w cooker

And the delicious aroma of BBQ filled the air.


The award ceremony was the finale for the weekend.


Many thanks to our Kansas City Barbeque Society Representatives, Kim Collier and Larry Hadley.

Hometown winner

Hometown Winner:  Gettinn’ Sauced, Danny Marks of Drexel, Mo.

Anything Goes

1st Place Anything Goes: Burnin’ Down the Hog (Captain Phil Bader)

Burnin’ Down the Hog also won the People’s Choice award.

Charles Rush (pictured right) of Cook Insurance presented awards for us this year.

Chicken 4628

1st Place Chicken: Truebud BBQ, Captain Tim Grant, of Tonganoxie, KS

Brisket 4631

1st Place Brisket: Truebud BBQ

Smoked Ribs 4629

1st place Smoked Ribs: Burnt Finger BBQ, Jason Day of Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Pork 4630

1st Place Pork: Truebud BBQ

Res. Grand 4637

Reserve Grand: Pellet Envy, Team Captain Rody Gray of Leawood, Kan.

Grand Champion

The Butler Chamber of Commerce BBQ Grand Champion 2014

Truebud BBQ, Captain Tim Grant, of Tonganoxie, KS


Thanks again to Cook Insurance for being our Corporate Sponsor!

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