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In Reply to: Re: Cherokee Pignic posted by Butcher Boy on July 29, 2012 at 06:05:57:
This is the email I received yesterday:
Pro & Backyard Burner Teams - I wanted you to be among the first to know that Cherokee Pignic organizers voted in a meeting on Friday (yesterday) to suspend Cherokee Pignic for this year. This group plans to reconvene in the coming weeks to prioritize potential plans for 2013 and beyond. Prior to year-end we plan to make a decision regarding the event's future.
Due to the change in employment status of key volunteers which won't allow for their participation in the planning and execution of Cherokee Pignic, potential for financial shortfall due to the economy (sponsorships), challenges in how to increase the community's attendance, etc. we felt it was in the best interest of our organization and community to suspend the event for this year. We have been quite fortunate with the response thus far from both the Pro (14) and Amateur (6) teams. However, with the challenges we are facing in Cherokee County, Georgia - very similar to those being dealt with around the country - we aren't in a position to continue with this event in 2012. Letters with full refund checks will be mailed to each of you next week.
KCBS has been nothing but supportive of our efforts since our initial application for sanctioning was approved in 2006. We hope in turn that Cherokee Pignic has enabled KCBS to continue to succeed. They have been notified of our decision, and we plan to keep them posted on our intent to bring an even bigger and better event to KCBS in 2013. I have asked for our change in event status on the KCBS website not to be changed until the first of next week as I wanted each of you to hear the news from Cherokee Pignic first.
Professionally I know this is the right business decision for the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce. In my heart, however, I am disappointed as the 'barbeque family' across the country, as well as right here at home, has made the countless hours of planning more than worth my while.
Thank you for your past and anticipated future support of Cherokee Pignic.
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