The Chester Rotary Club invites community members to the Chester Village Green lawn Thursday, May 12 for “Grillin’ on the Green,” an evening of family fun and entertainment in the heart of Chester. Starting at 5 p.m. and ending at 8:30 p.m., the occasion marks the May “Second Thursday Event,” a monthly series of community socials which kicked off last month.
Sponsoring the event is the Rotary Club, an organization dedicated to humanitarian service, and proceeds from the event return to the community in the form of scholarships, and other non-profit charities like hospice care and the YMCA.
Chester Rotary Club secretary Chris Sovine said the club’s mission is to “bring people over to this area to help the businesses, and a well-attended event will help us to put more money back into the community and support those local charities that are so important to the folks that live here.”
Sovine said the event is a “reworked” version of the club’s annual spring event – “The Hog,” previously held for the last several years at the same location– to “add some layers of excitement, and to be something new that we thought the community would appreciate.”
At “Grillin’ on the Green” there will be a barbeque cook off competition among five area barbeque restaurants, three from the immediate area of Chesterfield – Sibley’s Bar-B-Que Restaurant and Catering, Brock’s Bar B Que, and King’s Korner; the other two are Extra Billy’s Smokehouse and Brewery and SW Sullivan’s. These five will compete against each other and judged by a “professional” panel for a first place award and a people’s choice award. Five amateur contenders will be judged by the professionals themselves, as they comprise the amateur category of the cook off competitors.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Sovine. “It’s something that adults will be able to bring their kids to.” The Kid’s Corner will include games, large inflatables, face painting, hotdogs, chips and ice cream; and there will also be more barbeque for spectators, as well as beef briskets, chicken and sides, and family refreshments.
Micro-brewed “craft” beer will be included in the entry price, as will the wine tasting of some of Virginia’s finest wineries. People also have the choice of buying a glass and/or bottles of wine. Local art and crafts will also be on exhibit.
For tenured Rotary Club member Warren Jessup, the event looks promising.
“The event’s always been about local folks and family, and getting everyone together and having a nice social event in the spring,” said Jessup. “… I think it’s going to be one of the premiere events in the area.”
Tickets are sold for $20 a person, free to ages 10 and under. Tickets can be purchased at various sites in Chester, most notably at the restaurants featured in the event, and online at the www.chestervarotary.org  or call Warren Jessup at 748-4286 for additional information.