2010 Ribberfest KCBS

Haydens strike again
at Madison Ribberfest

Taylorsville, Ky.,
couple also won here in 2007

By Don Ward

Chad and Christine Hayden

Photo provided

Chad and Christine Hayden on Aug. 21
won the 2010 Kansas City Barbeque
Society pro cooking competition at
the Madison Ribberfest. This is their
second overall victory in Madison.

(September 2010) Three years after winning the Madison Ribberfest's pro barbecue cooking competition, the husband-and-wife team of Chad and Christine Hayden returned to Madison and again captured the Grand Champion trophy Aug. 21. The 55-team competition was conducted and sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, one of the two largest such organizations in the country.
The Haydens of Taylorsville, Ky., compete under the team name "Moonswiners" and outdid their competition to earn the overall title this year by collecting points in several categories. They did not take first place in any single category, however. The KCBS teams compete for points in Chicken, Ribs, Pork, Brisket, Sauce, Anything But and Dessert. Moonswiners racked up points with fourth in Chicken, sixth in Pork and fifth in Brisket.


Madison Ribberfest
KCBS Judges' Results
Aug. 21, 2010
at Madison, Ind.

(Team, Captain, Hometown)
1. Moonswiners, Chad Hayden, Taylorsville, Ky.
2. Pirates of the Grill, Fred Larsen, Mooresville, Ind.,
3. Waiz Guy BBQ, Ryan Waiz, Corydon, Ind.,
4. Shigs in Pit, Todd Grantham, Fort Wayne, Ind.,
5. Pappy Q, Tom Hillman, Taylorsville, Ky.,
6. Hoosier Crawdaddy, Doug Searcy, Straughn, Ind.,
7. Buttrub.com, Byron Chism, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.,
8. Double D's BBQ, Dallas Packer, Hudson, Ohio,
9. Fall City Smokers, Wendell Thomas, Smithfield, Ky.,
10. Fowl Butt BBQ, Jason Kreigh, Decatur, Ind.
1. Pappy Q,
2. Pirates of the Grill,
3. Sonny Ja's BarBeQue.
1. Colepepper's,
2. Hoosier Que Daddy,
3. Pirates of the Grill.
1. Waiz Guy BBQ,
2. Buttrub.com,
3. Zack's Century 21.
1. Buttrub.com,
2. Fall City Smokers,
3. Shigs in Pit.
1. Bronze Star BBQ,
2. Smokey Buoys Bar-B-Que,
3. Weiskracks BBQ.
Anything But:
1. Fowl Butt BBQ,
2. Bird's Smokehouse BBQ,
3. Hoosier Smoke House BBQ.
1. Hoosier Crawdaddy,
2. Ribberbest Gang,
3. Bronze Star BBQ.

Madison Courier
Backyard Blast
Amateur Division
Judges' Results
Aug. 20, 2010 at
Madison, Ind.

1. Little Sisters BBQ.
1. Rooster's Smokin' Butts,
2. Shu-B-Que BBQ,
3. Bubba Hogging BBQ.
1. Butt Munch BBQ,
2. Rooster's Smokin Butts,
3. Moe Dog Barbeque.
1. Nick's Pit BBQ,
2. CT's Bar-B-Q,
3. Sammy's Picnic BBQ.
1. Sena Family Smokers,
2. Best Rack Around,
3. Big Sam's pig Paint BBQ.
1. NextSENAration BBQ,
2. J-Dubs BBq,
3. Bob's Sittin' Chicken.
1. NextSENAration BBQ.
1. Pig 'N Boots.
1. Lazee Boi BBQ.

Kidz Q Children's Competition
Ages 8-11:
1. Samantha Bertsch,
2. Sydney Bertsch.
Ages 12-15:
1. Megan Groce,
2. Gillian Watkins.

In addition to winning a hand-carved trophy, they earned prize money totalling $2,500. The couple is often assisted at competitions by Chad's brother, Josh Hayden.
Second place and $1,500 was awarded to Pirates of the Grill, a team led by Fred Larsen of Mooresville, Ind. They took a similar route of earning points in various categories but not winning any single one outright.
Third place overall went to Waiz Guy BBQ, a team led by Ryan Waiz of Corydon, Ind.
The highest scoring Madison-based team was the Ribberbest Gang, which placed second in Dessert. The team is led by former KCBS competition chairman Shawn Auxier.
In 2007, the Haydens won the Madison Ribberfest contest, automatically qualifying them for the season-ending Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational in Lynchburg, Tenn. They went on to win that prestigious event as well.
This year's victory at Madison puts them in the KCBS' America Royal national competition in Kansas City, Mo., in late September. It also qualifies them for a drawing of other Indiana competition winners to determine which team will advance to the Jack Daniels event in October.
The Blues Bash drew a large crowd Friday night but not quite as large of a crowd on Saturday night, according to Linda Lytle, executive director of the Madison Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. She made a report to the CVB board on Aug. 23. She said attendance and net profit figures were not yet available.
Lytle said the Ribberfest committee members estimated that pre-sale ticket sales were up 42 percent. That, plus the large Friday night crowd, would likely be enough to put the overall attendance slightly above last year's figures of 7,500, she added.
"We had a big draw in Delbert McClinton as the Saturday night headliner, but you just never know what is going on (with the crowds)," Lytle told the board. Friday night's crowd enjoyed stellar, clear weather. A heavy rain hit early Saturday morning, but the rain ended well before the gates opened at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The board was also told that next year's Ribberfest would not include hot air balloons – neither races nor the evening balloon glow.

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