MARIETTA — Dozens of military and public safety personnel from throughout Cobb County and the wider metro Atlanta area braved the freezing cold Thursday night to put their skills of a different kind to use in a chicken cook-off fundraising event.
Teams from various police and fire departments, sheriff’s offices and military divisions competed against one another at the Jim Miller Park pavilion in Marietta for the best tasting barbecued chicken as part of the Bring the Heat/Red White & Boots Charity Cook-Off Competition.
The event was hosted by the Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation, Rotary Clubs of Cobb County and Mending Heroes — a nonprofit aimed at supporting military personnel and their families, particularly those struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Invited special guests and celebrity judges included American actor Lucas Till, from several “X-Men” movies, a 2016 “MacGyver” remake and television shows such as “House;” as well as Gov. Brian Kemp and his wife.
Other guests included high ranking members of the Georgia National Guard and other military divisions; Cobb District Attorney Joyette Holmes; former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes and his wife; and Chief Judge Reuben Green of the Cobb Superior Court.
Leaders from various police and fire departments in Cobb were also there, as well as local sheriff’s office and court staff.
Public safety displays, live music, and fixings and other food from Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q in Marietta was on offer, as well as a live auction of donated items, at the event, which ran from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tickets were $25 for military and public safety personnel, $50 otherwise, or $100 to meet special guests, according to the event’s website.
The money generated by the cook-off will be divided between the Veterans Court of Cobb County Bravo/Victor Fund, the Cobb County Public Safety Foundation and the Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation, organizers said.