I met Todd Radwanski this past summer through my work at Zip Code Magazines. Actually, I've met a lot of great people during my time at Zip Code Magazines! Todd asked if I'd be interested in donating my time to photograph his upcoming Pigs for the Kids Charity BBQ Championship and of course I said yes. The event is held at Craig Ranch Regional Park and last year it raised over $75,000 to benefit various childhood cancer foundations.
You see, Todd's daughter, Adilyn, was born with a rare form of eye cancer but fortunately it's been in remission for the past 11 years. A few years ago Todd and his buddy Sam Panice put their heads together and decided to give back to the charities that help kids with cancer... and what better way to do that than with a genuine, old fashioned barbecue cook off!
Jeff Gordon (left) of the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation with Todd and Adilyn Radwanski.
This year there were nearly 30 entrants from all over the United States competing for bragging rights for the best ribs, shoulder, beans, sauce, hog wild (an open category for any specialties) and of course, Grand Champion. Las Vegas' own Infinite Smoke BBQ took home the big prize with last year's champions Rolling Smoke BBQ also showing well in a few categories.
Live entertainment was provided throughout the day with Country singer Sierra Black headlining and former Paul Revere & the Raiders bassist Phil "Fang" Volk closing out the night with his band Fang & the Gang. The awards ceremony was nicely emceed by KLAS-TV Channel 8's Sherry Swensk.
Country singer Sierra Black performs.
Roli Szabo (right) of Count's Kustoms with friend.
Channel 8's Sherry Swensk (left) and Carla Rea of 96.3 KKLZ Radio.
People. Listen to me. You don't want to miss Pigs for the Kids come next year. It's very well done (no pun intended), extremely fun for all and you get to sample some incredible BBQ! Bring the kids because it's all about the kids! This year there was a huge bouncy castle, a rock climbing wall and photo ops with Smokey the Bear, Mojave Max (Nevada's desert tortoise mascot) and the Las Vegas Metro PD! And really, who doesn't want a selfie with Nevada's finest at a BBQ event?