Four years ago the Mission Hills Town Council started their signature event for the neighborhood, the 4th of July Celebration in Pioneer Park. This event has gotten bigger each year and the community looks forward to attending. It starts with a parade through the streets of Mission Hills where families dress in patriotic colors . Back in the park, prizes are awarded for best costume and games for the kids are also organized. A concert follows and everyone spreads blankets and chairs in the park to enjoy their picnics. The Mission Hills Town Council has added something special to this year’s annual 4th of July Celebration in Pioneer Park – a BBQ competition! Competitors from the neighborhood will by vying for great prizes as well as bragging rights. Local architect, Jim Gates, is sculpting a trophy worthy of being passed on year after year, the winners’ names emblazoned on it for generations of Mission Hills residents to see. Phil Pace of Phil’s BBQ, who got his start in Mission Hills, is one of the signature sponsors of the event and also one of the judges. Another local business, ForeverCali.com, is donating aprons embroidered with the official logo for the competitors. Pulled pork, a BBQ competition classic, will be served as sandwiches to Mission Hills Town Council members at the 4th of July celebration. If you are not a member of the Town Council, family memberships are available the day of for $20. All are welcome to the 4th of July Celebration and there will be the family favorite parade, kids games, a concert featuring local band Mama Red, singing of the national anthem, and free cake. So bring a picnic and blanket and get ready to enjoy some great BBQ, music, and celebrate with your neighbors.
Are you the grill master of your block? Are your BBQ parties the event of the summer? If you regularly smell like BBQ smoke and want to become the Pit Master of Mission Hills (at least for a year), then enter the 1st Annual Mission Hills BBQ Competition. We are working on some great prizes and a trophy worthy of being passed on year after year – your name emblazoned on it for generations of Mission Hills residents to see. Also, Phil, from Phil’s BBQ, will be one of the judges – how cool is that?! Completed entry form and fee due by June 12th! I will be teaming with my Dad, Gregg Hiddleson, to compete in this competition, come by and taste our entry!