Valley veterans are on a mission this weekend. They're counting on the community to support their cook off, so the Veterans Day Parade will move out in November. The Veterans Giving Back BBQ Cook Off Tour has a lot to offer everyone.
The Sounds of Freedom Military Band filled the air with music, while master chefs like Paul Melton of Bushrods BBQ worked their magic over a hot smoky grill. "I think it's a good idea. I think it's absolutely the way to go. One way we can give back to the people who have been supporting us in our society."
This year the Giving Back BBQ Cook Off Tour moved to Northeast Fresno after spending a few years in Downtown Fresno. Event organizer John Schuler says the cause remains the same. "The Fresno Veterans Day Parade is the biggest parade this side of the Mississippi. And it's broadcast worldwide. Last year veterans in Afghanistan watched our parade on TV and putting on an event like that takes a lot of money. "That's why people behind the event are hoping the crowd improves on Sunday."
Aaron Flores didn't pass up the opportunity. "We were just driving by. We were looking for a place to eat and it worked out perfect for us. What more could we ask for."
Kids couldn't ask for much more. There are bounce houses and snow cones if you work up a sweat. Duncan Polytechnic's Air Force Junior ROTC group was there for a drill exhibition. If you were looking for entertainment Elvis dropped by to belt out a tune. But it was the food that was the main draw.
Melvin Johnson recommends the brisket and ribs. "With Father's Day right around the corner if you're looking to get some great barbecue and serve a great cause come on out and get you some."
The three-day event concludes Sunday. The hours are from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
"I don't wantto go to school". Who hasn't said that as a kid? Well, some Porterville Unified students may have said it, but they toughed it out every time. Three kids. Nine straight years. Zero quitMore >>
"I don't wantto go to school".
Who hasn't said that as a kid?
Well, some Porterville Unified students may have said it, but they toughed it out every time. More >>
Fresno county sheriff deputies say 20-year-old Jose Miranda of Fresno and Sanger resident 41-year-old Jesse Garcia were trying to sell a stolen car in the southwest Fresno neighborhood. The real ownersMore >>
Fresno county sheriff deputies say 20-year-old Jose Miranda of Fresno and Sanger resident 41-year-old Jesse Garcia were trying to sell a stolen car in the southwest Fresno neighborhood.More >>
A rare World War Two Navy SBD Dauntless Dive Bomber is the newest addition to the Castle Air Museum. The war bird was shipped in on trailer Friday in Atwater. The dive bomber that is missing its wingsMore >>
Castle Air Museum welcomed its newest addition on Friday. It now has a World War II Navy SBD Dauntless dive bomber that flew its last mission in 1943 in the South Pacific. More >>
Fresno police are investigating an early morning fatal stabbing in the Tower District. The incident was reported just after 1 a.m. in area of Wishon and Hedges avenues, police said. Police have shut downMore >>
Fresno police are investigating an early morning fatal stabbing in the Tower District.More >>