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Old 02-02-2005, 04:33 PM   #4
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Those bastards. I had just read the articel without a subsription, then posted the link.
Now they want a sub.

Here ya go...

"Most volunteers leave American Royal barbecue contest

Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Most of the volunteers who helped with the American Royal's nationally known barbecue competition have left the event.

The 65 volunteers, who served on the barbecue committee, plan to hold their own event, but the American Royal retains the right to the contest name and all other assets of the barbecue.

The American Royal Barbecue Contest generally fills Kansas City's West Bottoms with grills and hundreds of the world's best cooks. Fans call it the "World Series of Barbecue," and it generally kicks off the Royal's fall schedule of horse shows, rodeos and livestock competitions.

The American Royal's new board chairman - Neal Patterson, chairman and chief executive officer of Cerner Corp. - said Tuesday that several meetings were held with the volunteers but they could not be persuaded to stay. Patterson said the committee members wanted more independence.

"Independently, they chose to leave," Patterson said.

J. Mariner Kemper, UMB Financial Corp.'s chairman and chief executive, now leads the Royal's barbecue committee. He said most of the Royal's biggest sponsors had agreed to return for the next contest and many will increase their support of the event.

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