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1st Southern California Q-Fest
held at Follows Camp
After Potluck Group Picture
Gary T., Steve C., Bill W., Dan C., & Rick
S., Gary M. (lower left)
After Potluck Group Picture
Melanie & Kids
bit of So. California Q-Fest history
the first Q-Fest of 2003 is going to take place the weekend after next,
and this is a slow time for BBQ
news, I thought that I would update folks on the history
of what earlier BBQ and the first Southern California Q-Fest at Follows Camp
in 1998 was
internet was starting to provide BBQ email groups. That
allowed people all over the country to start interacting and get
together with each other. That then provided the communication
medium necessary for one of the first large Q-Fest to happen.
Which was probably the Q-Fest promoted and managed by Danny Goulden out
of his Diary Queen & BBQ restaurant in Carlsbad New Mexico.
That was June
14-17, 1997. People attended from all over the
country, such as Bill Wight and Di Wilson. (I did not).
There were also five California BBQ KCBS type competitions occurring a year in 1998 and 1999
(that I am aware of) and drawing new
people. As a result of all mentioned above a lot of new BBQ teams and BBQ interest
developed mostly in Southern California about that time.
1998 many of the current BBQ teams and people were very new to BBQ
competitions, events, and
activities. Of course the seasoned and established local BBQ people were
already out there. The Rib Doctor (Eva & Hayward H.), Pork Belly
Bandits (George & Donna B.), Tackett's Portable Cajon (Gary
T.), Asleep at the Grill (Vic Sessions), Texas Road Kill (Mike M. & Mike
G.), Sweet Time BBQ (Frank Boyer), Ranch Hands Inc. (Kathy Murphy), and Lakeside BBQ
(Dean & Gina H., Bill B.) come to mind right away.
The SCBBQA (Southern BBQ Association) did not exist yet.
However the CBBQA had been in existence for some time (don't know how
long). The President was Frank Boyer
and the Vice President of the Southern California
chapter was Kathy Murphy. Due
to a lot of BBQ interest and new KCBS & CBBQA members during the 1997,
1998, and 1999 timeframe
Southern California was becoming
very active while Northern California was a bit less active
and geographically further away. There was a BBQ activity appetite
that needed to be satiated!
of this local interest and enthusiasm was probably fueled
by the two yearly contest occurring at Follows Camp. A new contest in the Spring
that was called "Shake, Rattle, and Smoke" and in the Summer it was
"Go for the
Gold". Actually "Go for the Gold" was quite a well
established and attended contest by California
standards. The first contest I attended to observe-only was in 1997
and had over 40 teams attending from all over the U.S. The first contest I
cooked in was August of 1998 and
had 38 teams. In
Northern California the "West Coast" BBQ Cook-Off was being
held in October in Santa Cruz at the
Pasa Tiempo Hotel. I first attended this contest in October of 1998
and went there yearly through 2000. These contests
were put on entirely by Frank Boyer. He would obtain sponsors, promote
them to the public, and manage the event. I always enjoyed and had a
great time at each of these
June of 1999 Gene Goycochea and Melanie Jones promoted and put on the
1st "Surf & Turf" State Championship BBQ contest
held at Imperial Beach. This was truly a GREAT BBQ event.
Well attended and enjoyed by all teams. Gene continues to hold
this event yearly, typically in July.
September of 1999 Melanie Jones promoted and put on the 1st "Swine
& Wine" BBQ contest held in Niles, Northern
California. This was also a GREAT BBQ event. Well attended
and enjoyed by all teams. This was a one-time event.
California BBQ folks get together for their first local Q-fest on
Clark was a very avid and active BBQ competitor and enthusiast. He
attempted to organize the first Paul
Kirk class that year in Southern California
and also organized and put together the first Q-Fest at Follows Camp.
Steve Clark and Gary Maines had competed that year in the "Go for
the Gold" and obtained
2nd Place in Chicken and were doing quite well. I contacted
Steve and arranged to attend this Q-fest. I just could not get enough
of the folks in attendance at that first Q-Fest were:
Tackett, Gene Goycochea, Melanie Jones and family, Steve Clark and
family, Gary Maines, Bill Wight, Bob
Pierce and work friends, Rick Streiff, and
Dan and Barbara Cannon (me and my family).
meal, great times, great friendships, and great BBQ!
was a fantastic time. Everybody contributed a specialty BBQ meat item
and side to the potluck Saturday
afternoon. Meat entries were mostly ribs and chicken. Bill
Wight had introduced Lemon wood to some attendees and turned out a
great Lemon Pepper / Lemon smoked
moist rib that was the bomb. Almost everybody
arrived Friday and left Sunday (some arrived and left on Saturday).
Gary Tackett rode his bike in for Saturday. There was a bit of a
communal breakfast on Sunday before everybody packed up and left.
an historical FYI
was only 90 days later (16-January-1999) that most of the above
mentioned Q-Fest attendees met again at Follows on a Saturday afternoon
and created the SCBBQA (Southern California BBQ Association). <more
- see a
separate article on that history>
the December 15, 2001 evening board meeting the SCBBQA board met and
approved merging with the CBBQA. This meeting was held at Dean and
Gina Hayes' church where the SCBBQA had just prepared and served 125
needy families in Lakeside California.
time and BBQ marches on. Now we will be attending the first Q-Fest of
2003 (5 calendar years later). But,
now you have a bit of a taste and feeling
of what BBQ, some people, and a Q-Fest was like in 1998. I have
included several group and
people pictures so you can all see how young we looked!
Since many of the members of the CBBQA and BBQ enthusiasts in general
may not know a bit of the history of the SCBBQA (Southern California BBQ
Association, now CBBQA), I will put an include page below detailing that
An Early history of the
founding of the Southern California Barbecue Association (SCBBQA)
written by Dan Cannon for the "From our Prez" column
in the February 2000 edition of the Smokin' Times Newsletter.
that time the logo of the SCBBQA was:
A History of the
Thought I would take a
moment to introduce and THANK some of our original and current officers, and
document a bit of the history of the SCBBQA. I will start with the
following people that have been a part of our organization since, or near the
inception date, 16 January 1999, and how they helped create the SCBBQA.
After all, if it is not documented it might be forgotten or never known by
- Melanie Jones for
spending so much of her time handling our books, new and current members
(and all that involves), accounting and banking, new and current BBQ
events all over California, advertising and sponsors, and the public affairs
of the SCBBQA. Without her enthusiasm and momentum in those
areas we would not have had nearly the amount of good BBQ events,
activities, comradery, and fun during the year. Not to mention the
amount of BBQ growth in California that I know we can directly attribute to
Melanie. You might be surprised at how many hours a day and how
many days a week she lives and breaths SCBBQA and BBQ. I bet her family
- Gene Goycochea
for registering and filing the SCBBQA internet name, permitting us to
have a guest web site on his personal computer
equipment, having patience with our request for our website updates and
changes, and overall making a very professional and informational web site for
the SCBBQA. Also, Gene took the time, many evenings on the
phone with me, to coach and assist me, in learning about organizations,
bylaws, and rules of order.
- Tom Brohamer for
spending all the time putting together a Newsletter from scratch.
This had to be extra challenging and difficult due to the short period of time
he was a member before he had the first issue on the streets. And
believe me those 30 day periods between issues come quickly when one has a
publishing deadline to meet (I hope I get this to Tom soon).
Tom joined the SCBBQA the first weekend of June, 1999, just after the Shake,
Rattle 'n Smoke Cookoff at Follows Camp (he took 1st in Tri-Tip).
- Steve Clark for
having a kind, warm, and trusting nature along with a passion for BBQ.
Steve personally conceived of and put in place the foundation and structure
for our Q-Fests as we know them. Steve organized our first, of several,
Q-Fests. The first occurring on October 16,17 & 18, 1998, followed
by our second, February 19, 20 & 21, 1999. We were very lucky,
always had nice weather. Been having them since about every other month
when we are not having BBQ Cook-Offs. Now Steve can take a moment to
relax and instead execute his new responsibilities and duties as Vice
President. Passing the Q-Fest baton on to others that volunteer,
or are voted into a position, to keep the tradition going and help out
in that key area.
I also wanted to mention
the original BBQ enthusiast that decided to trek out and meet
January 16th, 1999, at Follows Camp, to have lunch, and create the
concept and organization now known as the SCBBQA. The rest is now
history, as they say!
||Out Of This World
||Pork Belly Bandits
|Mike Moore (Texas
||Coyote Road Kill
I felt the
need to talk about the evolution of the SCBBQA so that somewhere in
print the history of our organization might be documented allowing current and
future members an opportunity to understand a bit of how we originated.
All the members have played a part in growing our organization, so many that
it is hard to mention them all in this note.
During the first voting
type meeting Melanie Jones was voted in as President. I was voted in as
Secretary / Treasurer. Due to other responsibilities and interest
Melanie and I swapped positions on a temporary basis. A few months later
the membership confirmed those positions as permanent for the first year.
Tom Brohamer volunteered to take on the responsibilities of the Newsletter mid
summer. Then was seated by the board as Newsletter Editor during the
month of August.
During the 2nd
annual election, November 6th, 1999, the membership voted in myself
as President, Melanie Jones as Secretary / Treasurer, Tom Brohamer as
Newsletter Editor, Steve Clark as Vice President, and Smokin' Joe O'Connell as
Dan Cannon, President,
SCBBQA (the day this was originally written).
Folks attending the
Gene Goycohea, Dan & Barbara
Cannon, Melanie Jones, Steve Clark., Gary Tackett
Dan & Barbara Cannon., Eva Harris,
Melanie Jones, Gary Tackett, Don Iverson's sister, Gene Goycohea, Steve
Don Iverson, Hayward Harris
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