For local Blount County residents Kevin Painter, Bill Eanes, Bryan Daniels, Chip Webb, Will Carver and Lynn Cox, roasting great barbecue is not just a fun past-time - it’s nearly a spiritual calling, and all for a good cause.
On Saturday, April 9, starting at 6 p.m., these six cooks along with friends and event sponsors will host the first-ever Relay Roast at Smithview Pavilion, with live music by the Chillbillies to benefit Blount County Relay for Life, which raises funds locally for the American Cancer Society.
As barbecue aficionados armed with a moniker that harkens to Painter’s day job as a financial adviser, the team proudly flies their banner as the “Capitalist Pigs” of Blount County.
With a mix of passion, humor and secret-in-the-sauce, the team has roasted barbecue competitively for some 10 charitable and community events over the past three years.
For their first-ever Relay Roast, however, the Pigs are stoking up the heat. While they raised $3,000 last year for Relay for Life, this stand-alone event is expected to net more than $10,000.
“We want this to be a major fund-raiser for Relay for Life, with the hope that it will become an annual event,” Painter said. “We’ve already raised $8,000 in ticket sales and sponsorships so far - more than we’ve ever raised as a team for the other benefits we’ve supported. Relay Roast is looking to be a sell-out event, all the while boosting awareness for Blount County Relay for Life, which is coming up in June.”
The public can purchase tickets, $30 each, at Dandy Lions, Chip Webb Family Dentistry or at the Blount Chamber. Sponsors include Blount Today, Chip Webb Family Dentistry, EddieCheck, LeConte Wealth Management and C2RL Engineers. The public can learn more about Relay Roast by following the event on Facebook.