Two days of food, music and competition will benefit two Huntingdon County organizations.
JCY Fundraising will host its 2nd BBQ Bonanza Friday, Sept. 17, and Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Huntingdon County Fairgrounds.
JCY Fundraising was founded by Alan and Heather Boyer of Porter Township as a way to raise money for different nonprofit organizations in the county.
Though JCY was founded in 2020, the event was first done in 2019 when the Boyers served as campaign chairs for the Huntingdon County United Way.
“We wanted to do a new, creative fundraiser,” Heather Boyer said. “We figured this would be fun and also help local businesses.”
After the fundraiser became a success, they knew they wanted to do more. There was no event last year due to the pandemic, but Boyer is excited for this year.
“We have nine competitors,” she said. “We reached out to some of our previous event’s competitors and others came through word of mouth.”
Competitors will be judged from 4-6 p.m. Saturday by an anonymous group of judges who were chosen through donation levels done by JCY.
The event will be more than just a competition, however.
Friday will act as a kick-off to the event. The festivities will be from 5-10 p.m. and feature wings, smoked and fried.
Entertainment for the night will be provided by Reboot from 6-9 p.m.
Saturday will be the day of the competition and activities will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Music will be provided by Jack Pilch from 1-3 p.m. and Backlash will play from 6-9 p.m.
Other events include a Touch a Truck event at 11 a.m. hosted by the Huntingdon County Emergency Management Agency (EMA). Different emergency services groups will bring vehicles for the community to see and interact with.
Huntingdon County EMA administrative and operations assistant Doug Heart has been working hard on the event. Though EMA has helped United Way with the event for several years, this is Heart’s first year.
“We have been sending reminders to different services to take part in the event,” he said. “It really brings the community together, almost like a second fair.”
Some of the services represented will be the state police and Civil Air Control.
There will also be a cruise-in from 3-7 p.m.
Voting on the cruise-in will be done by the public. The car or bike that receives the most donations will win.
There will also be activities for the children, including a bounce house and face painting done by Olivia Gennaro and students from Juniata Valley.
Along with the barbecue that can be sampled, there will be food provided by Wings & Things and Muddy Run Tavern.
Both days will feature craft and specialty vendors.
ACE Hardware will also be holding a raffle Saturday. The top prize will be a Traeger Pellet Grill, with additional prizes including Yeti gear and a grilling tool bucket. Tickets for the drawing are $10 and available at ACE until Thursday, Sept. 16.
Money raised through the two-day event will be split between Huntingdon County United Way and Huntingdon County PRIDE.
“Alan is a chair member with United Way and I’ve been on the board for PRIDE for 10 years,” Boyer said. “Both are really special to us.”
She said that the help from the rest of those involved with JCY has been important.
“They have kept things rolling and we couldn’t do it without them.”
Entrance to BBQ Bonanza is $2 and children under 12 get in free. For more information on the event, like “BBQ Bonanza” on Facebook.
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