People's Choice Awards

Logo for People's Choice Awards

NEW IN 2021: THE MAYOR'S CUP COMPETITION as part of People's Choice. In addition to the traditional People's Choice competition detailed below, public tasters will receive tokens when purchasing their tickets... Money will still be used to determine the People's Choice winners, but only their true favorites will receive their tokens. The team with the most tokens will take home THE MAYOR'S CUP!

Everyone attending WhistleStop on Saturday between 12pm and 2pm will have a chance to "put your money where your mouth is!" Many of the backyard cooking teams competing in the Shadetree Competition will have boston butt samples available for you to taste!

Vote for your favorite by placing coins or cash in the jar provided at their cook-site. The team with the most money will be announced as the People's Choice Award winner during the Awards Presentations at 8:15 p.m. on the main stage. Awards will be presented to first, second, and third Place. All proceeds will benefit educational programming at the EarlyWorks Museums.

Look for the Flag---participating teams will be flying a flag at their cook site.

Note: this competition is only open to those also registered in the Shade Tree competition.

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Thank you for your interest in this year’s People’s Choice competition. Please review the following rules and guidelines:

  • MUST be a confirmed ShadeTree cooker to enter/participate.
  • Each participating team will provide 1 oz. samples of your best butt and if people like your meat, they vote for you. The team with the most votes (money) wins!! Simple as that!
  • There will be a meeting for the People’s Choice contestants immediately following the ShadeTree Cook’s meeting on Saturday, August 14th. All rules and regulations will be reviewed and all questions and concerns will be addressed at that time.
  • People’s Choice judging/sampling will take place on Saturday, August 14th from 12PM – 2PM.
  • People’s Choice Awards for 1st – 3rd place will be announced on the main stage that evening.
  • $1.00 = 1 vote. The team with the most votes wins!!
  • Table decorations are welcomed and encouraged! Have fun with it! The more you stand out, the more votes you will receive!

Entry Includes:

  • A large bucket with your team name on it for your cash donations/ votes
  • 200 clear ramekins for your meat samples
  • Marker to indicate that you are participating in the People’s Choice contest
  • Hand sanitizer/ wipes for people sampling food
  • Small folding table to set everything up on