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Clover barbecue event to help the hungry

The third annual Butts and Bluegrass Barbecue Festival on Saturday will raise money to combat hunger in the Clover area.

The event, which will feature at least 13 barbecue teams and 31 vendors, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Clover Community Park.

Organizer Lisa Thornburg said those who bring a nonperishable food item will get $1 off the admission charge.

Teams will be cooking barbecue for judging by the South Carolina Barbeque Association and festival-goers can enjoy samples.

Proceeds and canned good donations will go to the Clover Area Assistance Center, which operates a large food pantry.

“There are a lot of people that are less fortunate,” said Thornburg, who started the event. “And we love barbecue, so we decided to do this to give back to the community.

Thornburg added: “The reward is knowing we’ve got money into a system so that people will be able to eat.”

Thornburg said the event has grown larger each year. This year’s festival will include children’s events, a silent auction, a cake walk, 5K run and motorcycle show, as well as free health screenings.

The 5K will begin at 7 a.m., and registration is available at the YMCAs in Clover and Lake Wylie. Cost for the run is $15 for ages 13 and older, $10 for ages 12 and younger and free for 5 and younger.