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Nance family recipe wins Bladen County Firefighters cookoff

The cooking began Friday night outside the Elizabethtown Farmers Market. Saturday morning, the judges rendered their decision in the Bladen County Firefighters Association barbecue cookoff.

Bladen County commission chairman Charles Ray Peterson took top honors. Ziggy’s Piggy’s — aka Tim Carroll — was second. Gilbert Long place third.

“It’s the M. Nance family recipe from the old drive-in in Bladenboro. I can’t tell you any more than that,” Peterson said, with a bit of chuckle.

After the cooking and the judging, it was time for eating. Plates of barbecue, pork and beans, slaw, roll and a drink were sold for $7. Boston butts cooked by White Lake fire department members sold for $25.

Members from several departments spent Saturday afternoon preparing plates, selling tickets, and restocking drink coolers.

“All the money goes back to the association,” said David Price, who is the assistant chief of the White Oak Fire Department and a member of the BFCA. Funds are used to help support fire departments in Bladen County.

“It’s for a good cause,” said Peterson, who, along with the other contestants, spent the night at the Farmers Market tending their cookers. “It was cold, I’ll tell you that.”

The Bladen County Firefighters Association is made up of firefighters from the 15 departments in Bladen County. The departments are Bladenboro, Clarkton, Dublin, East Arcadia, Elizabethtown, Kelly, Tar Heel, White Lake, Lisbon, White Oak, Ammon, Carver’s Creek, Bay Tree Lakes, Hickory Grove and Tobermory.

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