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Fifth annual Smoke and Soul Festival raises money for brain injury prevention

A child cooks food for the Kid's Q competition.
A child cooks food for the Kid's Q competition.(Brain Injury Alliance of Wyoming)
Published: Sep. 29, 2021 at 5:41 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - This Saturday, 28 barbeque teams from across six states will meet at the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds for the fifth annual Smoke and Soul Fest.

The barbeque competition and music festival is Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to attend. Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, the Smoke and Soul Fest is hosted by Brain Injury Alliance of Wyoming.

“The money from the event is gonna go towards the prevention activities that we do. So, buying new, refreshing our helmets, buying new helmets... Providing education to kids about brain injury prevention. And the durable medical equipment loan closet,” said Dawn Lacko, the Executive Director of Brain Injury Alliance of Wyoming.

There is a Kid’s Q in the morning from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. with local celebrity judges volunteering. The main events begin right after the Kid’s Q. Live music from Buffalo Scout, a beer tent, and family friendly activities at the Kid’s Alley.

Competitors from the adult event will provide extra competition meat and other prepared meats for the People’s Choice Tasting Tent. Tasting and voting for the People’s Choice winner opens at 2 p-m and will stay open until 4 p-m. It costs $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under to enter the tasting tent.

Between activities the Brain Injury Advocates of Wyoming will have a children’s sports helmet giveaway.

“A lot of what we do is brain injury prevention, because brain injury is for life. So, we like to get helmets into the hands of children that they will hopefully wear while riding their bikes and skateboarding and things,” said Lacko.

Falls are the leading cause of brain injury in the young and the elderly.

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