March 23, 2009
On behalf of the "Grilling on the River ''09" committee, staff and volunteers, many heartfelt thanks to all of Columbus, Lowndes County, and the Golden Triangle.
This year''s "Grilling on the River ''09" was a tremendous success thanks to all of you who celebrated in this weekend''s event.
We had a record number of teams from throughout our great state and the nation, who kept expressing their gratitude on the warm and welcoming reception they each received from our "Friendly City." Not only did our community embrace and receive our local and traveling friends, everyone who attended this weekend also was a benefactor to one of our most heartfelt charities by donating to the "Columbus-Lowndes County Humane Society."
We thank you for joining us along the "Riverwalk" this year and enjoyed as much as you did, being back along one of Columbus'' emerging jewels. We have a chance to develop this area, with the blessing of Ruben''s Fish & Steak House, into another "quality of life" venue that makes living here another reason to celebrate our home.
This year we had a record breaking number of teams, 59 to be exact, from all over the South and the nation. Thank you to all of our sponsors whom helped to make this venue a "free" event so that so many of our residents, and visitor''s, could attend. With these economic times, we are thrilled to be able to bring a family- oriented, fun-filled, no-admission cost, event for our community to enjoy.
We are looking forward to an even better event in 2010, and hope we can count on your support as we hope to grow and expand, and showcase what our community is all about!
Great weather, great food, great friends...it doesn''t get any sweeter than this! Thank you Columbus!
Harvey Myrick, Columbus
The writer is founder and organizer of Grilling on the River ''09.
MARK KILLEBREW commented at 3/24/2009 8:37:00 AM:
I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY CONGRATULATIONS TO HARVEY, CHUCK COOK, KENNETH MONTGOMERY AND THE REST OF THE VOLUNTEERS FOR DOING AN OUTSTANDING JOB IN STAGING THIS YEARS GRILLING ON THE RIVER. IT JUST SHOWS THAT WITH A LITTLE HARD WORK AN EVENT ONLY IN ITS FOURTH YEAR CAN BE SUCH A SUCCESS. THE ORGANIZERS OF THE OTHER ANNUAL BBQ CONTEST IN COLUMBUS SHOULD TAKE NOTE OF HOW WELL HARVEY'S CONTEST WAS RUN AND MAYBE TRY TO DO SOME OF THE SAME THINGS. IT'S PRETTY AMAZING THAT GRILLING ON THE RIVER CAN PAY OUT THE SAME AMOUNT OF PRIZE MONEY AS ROAST N' BOAST WITHOUT CHARGING THE PUBLIC ADMISSION AND STILL RUN A GREAT CONTEST WHILE PROVIDING THE GENERAL PUBLIC WITH A WELL RUN EVENT. ALL OF THE TEAMS THAT I TALKED TO WERE VERY COMPLIMENTARY AND I DIDN'T HEAR ONE NEGATIVE COMMENT. AGAIN CONGRATS ON A GREAT CONTEST.
sally commented at 3/25/2009 7:02:00 PM:
Does anyone know how much money was raised for the Humane Society? I had a fabulous time there and the city of Columbus should be very proud to host such a wonderful event. I hope the Humane Society received what they deserve for their service to the community.