Frisco’s annual BBQ Challenge broke records with the help of hundreds of volunteers |

Frisco’s annual BBQ Challenge broke records with the help of hundreds of volunteers

Frisco Mayor Gary Wilkinson gave the Frisco's Finest award to Judi and Rick Amico for their years of helping organize volunteers for the town's annula Colorado BBQ Challenge.
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After tallying up the hogbacks, the town of Frisco reported a successful summer with this year’s annual Colorado BBQ Challenge. The event brought 30,000 attendees, a record number, and sold more than 450,000 hogbacks over the course of the weekend.

“Thank you everyone for your help,” Frisco Mayor Gary Wilkinson said to the crowd, which included several nonprofits that volunteered their time and efforts toward the event. The town divided $50,132 among the nonprofits to thank them.

A check was given to Advocates for Victims of Assault for their time working the ticket booths. The Summit County Restaurant Association was awarded for working the beer booths, and Mountain Mentors was recognized for selling ice and beverages. The High County Conservation Center was given a check for putting together “zero waste” recycling and trash stations, and the Summit County Chamber of Commerce was awarded for their work selling BBQ merchandise. Finally, Women of the Summit was given a check for counting all of the hogbacks sold at the event.

“We collected all of these hogbacks. Someone had to count them,” Wilkinson laughed.

Kaiser Permanente was also recognized as a sponsor of the event.

Two volunteers were given a special award for their tireless help with the BBQ Challenge over the years. Judi and Rick Amico were presented the Frisco’s Finest Award on Tuesday for helping organize more than 400 volunteers who served at this year’s event.

“They’ve given hours and hours every year,” Wilkinson said, adding that the two had helped with the event since 1993. “No one even comes close to so much effort, volunteering, to make that such a success.”

“Organizing 400 volunteers over two days is no small feat in itself, but they are also onsite for the duration of the event, helping to sort out issues and put out fires,” event manager Nora Gilbertson said in a statement. “Without their efforts and the support of our sponsors, we would not be able to have such a robust nonprofit partnership. I cannot thank them enough for all that they do!”

Both Judi and Rick Amico were clearly touched by the award. Longtime residents of the county, Rick Amico served on Frisco’s town council in the past.

“Frisco is our home, and everyone here at the town is our family,” Rick said. “I‘m honored, privileged and embarrassed. And very much humbled. For those of you who know me, I am speechless. Thank you very much,”

Over the past 22 years, the Colorado BBQ Challenge has raised more than $870,000 for local nonprofits.

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