By Joe King, [email protected]

John Parton (in orange) holds up the two trophies he won in the BBQ competition. (The Herald/ Joe King)

John Parton (in orange) holds up the two trophies he won in the BBQ competition. (The Herald/ Joe King)

Seymour- As part of a fundraiser for Children’s Hospital a local barbeque restaurant took first place in a cooking competition hosted by Sam’s Club and held at Knoxville Center Mall June 8.

John Parton, owner of Parton’s Smokin’ Butz BBQ, said he was thrilled to win first place and to be part of the fundraiser for Children’s Hospital.

“It was great winning,” he said. “We’ve been out here for two full days going at it. To win best overall and place second in the briquette competition shows we did a great job. We took home two trophies and got to help a great cause.”

Parton said all of the food he prepared at the competition is the same as the menu items that can be ordered in their restaurant.

Although there was no direct attendance tally recorded, it was noted that hundreds of people showed up for the event.

“The community support was good, but I think it could have been better,” he said. “Hopefully next year we’ll be able to get more people to come and keep it growing.”

Parton's BBQ owner John Parton and WWE wrestler "Kane" Glenn Jacobs. (The Herald/ Joe King)

Parton’s BBQ owner John Parton and WWE wrestler “Kane” Glenn Jacobs. (The Herald/ Joe King)

Also at the event was WWE professional Glenn Jacobs, better known as Kane.

“I think this is great,” Jacobs said. “Sam’s Club and Knoxville Center Mall coming together to benefit the local children’s Hospital is a great thing. It’s nice to see all of these people come out and support the event and hopefully raise a lot of money.”

According to Children’s Hospital Public Relations Manager Erica Estep, the event raised about $4000.

“The money raised at this event will be used towards purchasing new and replacement equipment,” she said. “We are currently raising money through Children’s Miracle Network to purchase equipment for our Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, our Hematology and Oncology clinic, surgery, cardiology, pulmonology, and for Neonatal Intensive Care Transport. It is community partners like Sam’s Club that help Children’s Hospital continue to provide the best possible pediatric care to the children of our region.”

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