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Blandon Toombs, left, begins to trim the fat off a brisket as it is prepared for smoker. Jerry Johnson, right, is ready to collect the scraps. The pair competed in the Bands and BBQ contest, held Sept. 5-6, at Point Park.
Local BBQ pair competes at annual event

 The day after Madison’s 2009 Ribberfest, Jerry Johnson of Carrollton ran into his friend Paul Gaines at the grocery store. Gaines is a member of the Carrollton/Carroll County Tourism Board. That conversation resulted in what is now known as Bands and BBQ.

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