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It was a SMOKING HOT Success

Grilling on Main serves up a great weekend

Minden celebrated its third annual Grilling on Main event with competition, festivities, music, and loads of food across two days and most of downtown Minden.

Forty-two teams participated in the cornhole tournament Friday evening, sponsored by Gibsland Bank & Trust. Dean Francis and Dakota Haynes took home the $500 grand prize.

Of course, the main event came the next day, as 40 groups from across Louisiana and several other states competed to serve up the best chicken, ribs, and brisket for attendees and the judges. Local winners include Greg Pearson and Hugh Wood. B1 Bank served as the title sponsor for this year’s event.

“The third annual Grilling on Main far exceeded my board’s and my own expectations,” said Terry Gardner, president of Minden Main Street. “We had visitors from Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana. Everyone I visited with thought our downtown Main Street was beautiful, and every contestant that I spoke with is already looking forward to our Grilling on Main on June 7-8 of next year.”

The Dusty Rose Band from Texas brought country and Southern rock to the Capital One Stage Friday night, while the local Dorcheat Bottom Band sent classic rock careening down Main Street from the Easley courtyard Saturday afternoon.

Food vendors, numerous craft booths, and special deals all over downtown stores helped round out Minden’s premiere downtown event.

“I would like to personally thank our 65 plus sponsors for their commitment to supporting our downtown Main Street and our wonderful city we call home,” Gardner said.”