20th Annual Smoke on the Water BBQ Competition

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Polk County regretfully announce the cancellation of the annual Smoke On The Water BBQ Festival, initially scheduled for Friday, February 2nd, and Saturday, February 3rd, 2024.

For the past 20 years, Smoke On The Water has been a beloved community event, significantly contributing to our mission of serving the children in Winter Haven and Polk County. We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Event Committee for their tireless dedication and the incredible effort they have put into making this event a success year after year.

However, after extensive review and consideration, we have concluded that the substantial resources, manpower, and effort required to run Smoke On The Water are not in alignment with our renewed focus and strategic direction. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Polk County is committed to efficiently utilizing our resources in the best possible way to support and enhance the lives of the children we serve.

We would like to extend a sincere apology to all the BBQ teams, judges, vendors, volunteers, and participants who have been preparing for this year’s event. We recognize and deeply appreciate your passion and commitment, and we regret any inconvenience or disappointment this cancellation may cause.

This decision does not diminish the value and impact that Smoke On The Water has had over the years. It is a reflection of our dedication to refocusing our efforts and exploring new, innovative ways to support our cause and serve the community more effectively.

While we know this announcement may be met with disappointment, we are excited about the future and the opportunities that lie ahead for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Polk County. We remain steadfast in our mission to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

We thank the community for its understanding and continued support as we move forward in our commitment to the children and families of Polk County.

 

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