cooking in central

A barbecue cook-off, with dinners going for $10, will be part of the Cooking in Central festival March 23-24.

Cooking In Central will hold its Cooking for the Kids event March 23-24.

The festival will be held at Amazing Place, 10305 Blackwater Road, Central. All proceeds go to support local private and public schools.

The event begins at 5 p.m. March 23 with a crawfish boil. Tickets are $15. At 6 p.m., the Chase Tyler Band will perform. 

The gates open again at 10 a.m. March 24, and starting at 11 a.m., the barbecue cook-off food will be served. Tickets are $10.

There will be games for youngsters, including pony rides, a catch-the-pig contest and a foam machine. Silent and live auctions follow, along with live entertainment.

For the energetic early risers, join the Apron Run 5K on March 24. The fun run starts at 8:30 a.m., with the 5K at 9 a.m. Register at Tickets are $25 and includes a lunch ticket for the barbecue cook-off.

Tickets for the event are available at any public or private school in Central, the Central Chamber of Commerce, Ross Tire and Service and at For more information, please go to