Manhattan Emergency Services Square Off In Barbeque Competition

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - The smell of barbeque filled the air Saturday evening in Downtown Manhattan.

The fourth annual RCPD vs. MFD Barbeque Competition got underway during the Relay for Life event held in Manhattan City Park.

Each year the two emergency service agencies pit members against each other in pursuit of perfectly smoked pulled pork, chicken, and ribs.

"This year we have tried to step it up a little bit because obviously in the last few years we’ve had a little trouble competing as RCPD’s won the last three years," said Deputy Fire Chief Ryan Almes. "I don’t know if you got a shot of that trophy over there, but we’d like to get that back in the Fire Department."

The competition helped support Relay for Life, as communities members gathered to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.

"To give back to the community and give back to the cancer survivors is phenomenal for us," said Corrections Sergeant Craig Kennedy. "It’s a good way for people to see police officers and the fire fighters. They can come out and talk to us and see us. And just giving back is the big thing."

The RCPD took home the trophy for the fourth straight year.