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Adoption Center, MTC partner for job fair and BBQ cookoff

First Posted: 6:45 am - June 12th, 2015

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WINNSBORO — Fairfield County Adoption Center is partnering with Midlands Technical College to host its second annual Homecoming and Barbecue Cook-Off.

The event takes place Saturday at Fairfield County Adoption Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Janice Emerson, adoptions coordinator for Fairfield County Adoption Center, said the event will be bigger and better in Year 2.

“Last year, it went great, but I think we can do a lot better,” Emerson said.

Emerson said this is one of the reasons the adoption center partnered with Midlands Technical College.

The event will include a rabies clinic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a yard sale, a barbecue cook-off, hot dogs, chips, drinks, a water slide and a bouncy house.

“The yard sale has a washer, dryer, furniture and all kinds of good stuff,” Emerson said.

The barbecue cook-off features David Brown and Dr. Robbie Chappell.

“They’ll have samples of barbecue for people to try, and decide which one is best,” Emerson said.

People who purchase barbecue will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win prizes which include one month of cat food, one month of dog food and six weeks of obedience training, among other prizes.

Emerson said all proceeds generated by the event will go toward helping animals.

“All proceeds we make here are going to the adoption center,” Emerson said. “It’s going to benefit the spay and neuter program.”

In conjunction with the adoption center’s fundraising efforts, Midlands Technical College is hosting a Career and Community Resource Fair.

“We will have employers here and career-related workshops,” said Wendy Samuel, student services coordinator for Midlands Technical College’s Fairfield County campus.

Participating partners include CB&I, Fairfield County Procurement Department, Fairfield County Transit System, Fairfield County EMS Explorer Post, Fatherhood Coalition, Fairfield County Genealogy Society, PruittHealth Ridgeway, SCANA, Sprint and Stuff One Plus.

In addition to workshops and employers, the fair offers bingo and games.

“Element Electronics donated a 32-inch television for a door prize,” Samuel said.

Samuel said the college and adoption center decided to work together in an effort to maximize attendance and notify the community about a wide variety of services. The Office of the Fairfield County Liaison also helped with the event.

“We just tried to work together to make sure both events are family friendly and offer something to the community,” Samuel said.

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