“Saying Goodbye for the Final Time”


The Stone family along with many friends and acquaintances say with bitter sweet sadness good-bye to the “Tony Stone Barbeque Cookoff”. The cookoff has been held for 27 years in conjunction with the Cookeville Fall Fun Festival.

Since the passing of Tony and his wife, Dean, their daughters, Julie Lee and Melinda Keifer, have taken on the responsibilities of organizing the event. Along with their families, they have continued this tradition for the past seven years. As always this year was no exception. Many awards and gifts were presented as keepsakes for the teams involved. This year’s awards were:

Overall 1st Place – Grand Champion;  2nd Place Grand Reserve

Chicken Division: 1st Place – Smoke on This   2nd Place – Under the Radar

3rd Place -Swiggin Pig

Pork Ribs: 1st place -Hot Coles’s BBQ   2nd Place – Chairman of the Boar

3rd Place  -Smoke Me Silly

Pork Division: 1st Place – Hot Coles’s BBQ    2nd Place – Smoke on This

3rd Place – Shazam

Brisket Division: 1st Place – High on the Hawg   2nd Place – The Algood Bar-B-Q Pit Crew

3rd Place – River Road Grillbillies

Sausage Division: 1st Place – The Big Orange Smokers   2nd Place – Snoring Hogs BBQ

3rd Place – Backyard Kuisine

Dessert Division: 1st Place: Dirty Ol’Butt Slappers   2nd Place – Rooters-N-Tooters

3rd Place – Shazam

Much love, hard work and long-lasting friendships have been developed throughout  the years.

The “Tony Stone Cookoff” will be missed.       Good-bye . . .

Highlights from the cookoff and the festival.

September 9, 2017

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