The 2016 EffingHAM-JAM happened in downtown Effingham this weekend. The EffingHAM-JAM is a barbecue competition, consisting of local residents and professional barbecue producers from around the country. Friday night’s “Hometown Throwdown” kicked off the festivities with a competition of local residents showing off their barbecue skills. On Saturday, a kids barbecue competition was held, as well as the professional competition. Among the festivities was live music, a power wheels demo derby, and beer and wine tasting.
We spoke to Earl Elders, from Herron, IL. He does these barbecue competitions as a hobby and has traveled to many states for the competitions, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.
The Effingham Chamber of Commerce held the EffingHAM-JAM. Proceeds from this weekend’s festivities will go to the Chamber Foundation of Effingham County Community Scholarship Program. We spoke to Lynn Higgs, who is on the EffingHAM-JAM board, about the scholarship program.
2016 marks the twenty-first year of the scholarship being awarded. For more information about the scholarship program, contact the Effingham Chamber of Commerce at 217-342-4147
The EffingHAM-JAM concluded on Saturday evening.