Bill Howard remembered and honored at 43rd Annual Chester County BBQ Festival

Henderson and Chester County issued a joint proclamation that Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 was Bill Howard Day. Howard was remembered and honored for his role in the earliest BBQ Festival in Chester County. Photographed are, from left, Tony Howard, Lynne Howard, Faye Jones, Wilma Mallard, Stella Garland, Kelvin Howard, Corlis Bumpas and Elaine Platt. Not pictured are Jimmie Howard, Oliver Howard, Cassandra Howard, Billene Howard, Danny Howard and Dickey Howard (deceased).

Chester County turned out once again for the BBQ Fest in downtown Henderson last weekend. Attendees enjoyed an assortment of food, entertainment and community. Festivities included Hog Calling, a car show, princesses, a pet parade, shopping, talent shows, of course music and barbecue, and a ceremony honoring Bill Howard, who cooked the barbecue for the very first barbecue festival in Chester County.
The Notorious P.I.G. Talent competition brought vocalists, and a guitar or two, to the stage Friday night. Winners of the annual youth talent show were Savanna Hinton, first place, Ben Clayton with second place and Deon Chrisman taking third. Kenzie Graham won first place in the adult division, followed by Dara Young in second place and Anna Faith Howell with third.
Chamber Interim Executive Director Channing Carroll and board member Chastity Burns showed the crowd how hog calling is done, winning first place for that competition.
Saturday, attendees gathered at the E&T Contracting Stage to remember and honor Bill Howard with a tribute plaque which will be displayed in the historic Chester County Courthouse. Henderson and Chester County joined together, proclaiming Saturday, Sept. 25 as Bill Howard Day.

Notorious P.I.G. Talent Competition Youth Winners: Second place Ben Clayton, First place Savanna Hinton, Third place Deon Chrisman
Notorious P.I.G. Talent Competition Adult Winners: Second place Dara Young, First place Kenzie Graham, Third place Anna Faith Howell


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