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      SC BBQ championship this weekend

      The Commissioner's Cup barbecue cook-off gets started Friday at the State Farmers Market in West Columbia

      WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Top pit masters from across South Carolina and beyond are getting the chance to show off their skills.

      The Commissioner's Cup barbecue cook-off gets started Friday at the State Farmers Market in West Columbia. The two-day event wraps up Saturday and features teams from across the South vying for the bragging rights and top prizes.

      The cook-off is sanctioned by the Southern BBQ Network , an organization of diverse and talented folks who sanction barbecue cook-offs in South Carolina. Some of the proceeds will benefit the Harvest Hope Food Bank .

      State Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers will hand out awards on Saturday. The festivities are open to the public. Children ages 12 and under are free if they're accompanied by a parent and bring canned food items for Harvest Hope.

      (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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