Decatur Barbecue is on
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS Bill Montgomery (left) and wife Michel greet family and friends as they lead the Decatur Barbecue parade through downtown Decatur August 5, 2017. The parade will return to downtown Decatur August 4 during the 65th Annual Decatur Barbecue. The theme for this year's event is "Then and Now," the history of the Decatur Barbecue.
DECATUR -- There is good news for Decatur Barbecue fans. It's on! The fate of the Barbecue, as well as the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, was in question as 2017 came to a close. Poor attendance and minor differences of opinion threatened to end both the event and the chamber itself. During its regular January 8 meeting at Decatur City Hall, several members suggested that the chamber be disbanded indefinitely. In April, however, new leadership was voted in and the organization was revived. A discussion then began on whether to retire the Barbecue or cancel it this year because of time constraints. But Kim Wilkins (new chamber president), Linda Martin (vice-president), Sandy Duncan (secretary) and Amy Brooks (treasurer) pulled several community leaders together and, along with Mayor Bob Tharp, gave the green light on the Barbecue during the chamber's regular June 4 meeting.