- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) - Last-minute donors helped save an awards ceremony for a barbecue contest in the Mississippi Delta.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports (https://bit.ly/1sNpG5B ) that the event organizer, Ken Gammill, was at the event part of Saturday but was not around with the prize money at the end.

Three local companies donated $15,000 to cover the prizes. The newspaper reports they were Robertson Fabrication Inc., Scott Petroleum and GE Capital Aviation Service.

The contest was part of the Memphis Barbecue Network. The group’s president, Suzanne Rhea, estimated there are about 40 sanctioned contests in the Southeast each season, from March through November.

Rhea says this was the first time someone failed to show up with prize money. She says organizers worked with the city and police after the money disappeared.

The newspaper reports Gammill did not answer multiple calls from Rhea and others.

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